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New Digital Platform Seeks, Shares Innovations in Non-State Education

Posted By Page Schindler Buchanan, Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Page Schindler BuchananOur friends over at Results for Development recently shared this new resource on non-state education with us:

There are more than 113 million children enrolled in non-state schools in developing nations – 62 million of them are in primary school (approximately 11 percent of total developing country primary enrollments), and another 51 million are in secondary school (approximately 24 percent of the total). Yet, even though many poor people use non-state education and training services, very little is known about the size, scope, and quality of services offered by non-state providers.

To address this challenge, a new digital platform - - powered by the Center for Education Innovations (CEI), an initiative of R4D with funding from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, aims to articulate and amplify the impact of non-state education.


Center for Education Innovations ScreenshotThere are three core components of the CEI web-platform: a Programs Database, a Research & Evidence Library (R&E) and a Funders Platform.


Over 140 geographically diverse non-state education innovations are currently profiled in the rapidly expanding Programs Database.  Programs are tagged by key categories such as location, target population, education level (pre-primary through higher) and program approach (delivery, financing, policy and analysis, student support and school support). This allows users to search for programs according to their interests and needs.













For example, a search for pre-primary innovations in South Asia would return several results, among them Pratham Balwadi—a program in India which extends preschool education to underprivileged children who do not have access to traditional schools.

Center for Education Innovations Screen Shot


The Research & Evidence Library serves as a global repository for non-state education resources. It gives users access to a catalogue of education resources including peer-reviewed literature, global and country reports, case studies and evaluation materials. Each item in the R&E library is tagged using the same taxonomy of terms as those used to categorize programs (e.g., delivery, financing, policy), allowing users to seamlessly explore the database of programs and R&E based on their topic of interest.

Results for Development Institute (R4D) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to unlock solutions to tough development challenges that prevent people in low- and middle-income countries from realizing their full potential. Using multiple approaches in multiple sectors including, Global Education, Global Health, Governance and Market Dynamics, R4D supports the discovery and implementation of new ideas for reducing poverty and improving lives around the world.


Page Schindler Buchanan is the Communications Officer for the Global Business School Network.

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