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KIX regional hubs

Published on
April 25, 2020

The Global Partnership for Education Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (KIX), a joint endeavour between the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and IDRC, aims to contribute to the improvement of education policy and practice in the Global South. 

The sharing and exchange of knowledge is one of KIX’s key functions. Country representatives share information, innovations, and best practices for education policy and programming and to inform knowledge gaps and policy priorities.

Four regional hubs, each managed by a regional learning partner, act as knowledge brokering units for KIX. Each hub represents a cluster of GPE partner countries and functions as a regional forum to facilitate cross-country knowledge exchange and mobilization, learning, synthesis, and collaboration among key national education stakeholders. The overall objectives and responsibilities of the hubs include:

  • fostering the exchange of demand-driven regional knowledge and building capacity of hub members to identify, use, share, and mobilize evidence;

  • producing and disseminating relevant knowledge and evidence syntheses to relevant actors; and

  • advancing effective regional mobilization and knowledge and evidence uptake.

Other activities include:

  • conducting education system reviews;

  • establishing digital exchange platforms; and

  • developing a regional call-to-action to define the priorities of education stakeholders.

The regional hubs also support another core component of the program — funding. The hubs serve as a funding mechanism that provides grants at global and regional levels to invest in knowledge generation and innovation and to scale up proven approaches.

KIX’s four regional hubs

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KIX Africa 19 manages the hub that oversees activities in 19 Global Partnership for Education partner countries, primarily in eastern and southern Africa. It is a consortium comprised of three organizations:

  • The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which promotes international collaboration in education, sciences, and culture to increase universal respect for justice, the rule of law, and human rights, along with fundamental freedoms proclaimed in the United Nations Charter.

  • The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), which provides humanitarian and developmental aid to children around the world.

  • The African Union, which is made up of 55 member states that encompass the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA). ADEA, a pan-African institution built on partnerships between African ministries of education and training and their technical and external partners, aims to act as a catalyst for reforms and promising policies and practices by pooling ideas, experiences, lessons learned, and knowledge.

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KIX Africa 21 manages the hub that oversees activities in 21 Global Partnership for Education partner countries, primarily in West and Central Africa. It is a consortium comprised of three organizations:

KIX EAP Is made up of one organization that oversees activities in Global Partnership for Education partner countries in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, and the Pacific Islands:  

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  • The Network for International Policies and Cooperation in Education and Training (NORRAG) is a global membership-based network. NORRAG’s core mandate and strength is producing, disseminating, and brokering critical knowledge and building capacity among the wide range of stakeholders that constitute the network. These stakeholders inform and shape education policies and practice at national and international levels. They are united by a shared commitment to principles of social justice, equity, and quality in education.

KIX LAC oversees activities in Global Partnership for Education partner countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. It is a consortium of two organizations: 

  • SUMMA, created in 2016 by the Inter-American Development Bank and Fundación Chile, with the support of the education ministries of Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Peru, and Uruguay. As the first education research and innovation laboratory for Latin America and the Caribbean, SUMMA’s mission is to increase the quality, equity, and inclusion of educational systems in the region by improving the decision-making process for educational policies and practices.

  • The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), which is dedicated to economic harmonization and integration, protecting human and legal rights, and encouraging good governance among independent and non-independent countries in the eastern Caribbean. OECS currently has 11 members spread across the region: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and the British Virgin Islands.

Contact: kix@idrc.ca

An agenda for action – Transitioning to a healthy sustainable food system in Latin America

Latin America contributes almost 10% of total global greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), mostly from the energy sector, agriculture, and land use. The latter two account for 56% of total GHGs in the region, compared to the global average of 22%. With the highest rates of overweight and obesity in the world coexisting with persistent undernutrition and climate change, Latin America is emblematic of these interrelated health and environmental issues. Yet, it is also a region with a growing community of academic, advocacy, and policy players that have enabled leading policies and experiences aligned with a healthy food systems framework.

In parallel to the Rockefeller Foundation and IDRC partnership work on healthy and sustainable food systems in East Africa, Wellcome and IDRC will support the development of an agenda for action for a transition to a health-promoting and climate friendly food system in Latin America. A multidisciplinary coalition of researchers across the region will review the evidence on how to accelerate the transition to healthy sustainable food systems that prioritize access to healthy and affordable diets, while keeping GHG emissions within sustainable limits. They will analyze the underlying political economy that may prevent or enable rapid action.

Expected outcomes include a collective agenda for advocacy and action on healthy sustainable food systems, developed in collaboration with change agents across the region, particularly in Argentina, Brazil, and Chile. The project will also develop targeted communication about the opportunities for local change, contribute to global leadership from Latin Americans, and ensure visibility and discussion of an agenda for action at the national, regional, and international level.

Project ID
109603
Project Status
Active
Duration
12 months
IDRC Officer
Roberto Bazzani
Total Funding
CA$ 791,636.00
Location
Argentina
Brazil
South America
Programs
Climate-Resilient Food Systems
Catalyzing change for healthy and sustainable food systems
Institution Country
Argentina
Project Leader
Institution
Centro de Estudios de Estado y Sociedad
Institution Country
Chile
Project Leader
Institution
Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez
Institution Country
Brazil
Project Leader
Institution
Instituto Brasileiro de Defesa do Consumidor

Partnership for Equity, Evidence, and Rapid Response in Social Systems (PEERSS) Coordinating Organization (previously RREP coordinating organization)

This project establishes Results for Development (R4D) as the coordinating organization for the Rapid and Responsive Evidence Partnership (RREP). Jointly funded by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and IDRC, the partnership supports 11 country teams in low- and middle-income countries to promote and facilitate the use of evidence in decision-making by policymakers and stakeholders across sectors.

The coordinating organization will promote collaboration and learning among RREP’s diverse partners to amplify the impact of each team’s work and generate lessons about evidence-informed policymaking. R4D will organize annual in-person workshops, mechanisms, and platforms for regular communication and learning between and among RREP members and communicate RREP’s impacts and lessons to external audiences. R4D will also oversee strategic project management and visioning with the partnership and promote the partnership’s longer-term sustainability.

Project ID
109593
Project Status
Active
Duration
32 months
IDRC Officer
Marie-Gloriose Ingabire
Total Funding
CA$ 1,600,000.00
Location
Brazil
Burkina Faso
Cameroon
China
Colombia
Ethiopia
Lebanon
Nigeria
South of Sahara
South America
Uganda
West Indies
Programs
Global Health
Global Health
Institution Country
United States
Project Leader
Institution
Results for Development Institute, Inc.

A global cohort study to understand the risk factors and long-term health impacts of COVID-19

Little is known about the behavioural and environmental risk factors of COVID-19 because of a lack of high-quality epidemiological data. Although early reports found associations between COVID-19 and smoking, obesity, and cardiovascular conditions, these findings are not consistent and there is no clear scientific consensus about the underlying risk factors that increase the risk of COVID-19. Moreover, the long-term effects of COVID-19 on cardiovascular and respiratory health are unclear.

This project aims to examine the factors that increase or reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection, in addition to the long-term impacts of COVID-19 on respiratory and cardiovascular health. It will study 35,000 adults from 13 countries who have already been recruited into the Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology Study, an international study assessing the health of 200,000 people from 28 countries worldwide. Participants will be tested for COVID-19 and assessed for behavioural and physical risk factors such as smoking, alcohol use, or low physical activity. Clinical examination and patient monitoring will assess the impact of COVID-19 on respiratory function, as well as on the risk of longer-term cardiovascular or lung conditions. The study findings will provide valuable knowledge on the risk factors of COVID-19 and the potentially harmful long-term consequences of the disease.

This project was selected through the COVID-19 May 2020 Rapid Research Funding Opportunity, coordinated by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in partnership with IDRC and several other health research funding agencies across Canada

Project ID
109556
Project Status
Active
Duration
12 months
IDRC Officer
Zee Leung
Total Funding
CA$ 2,054,692.00
Location
Brazil
Colombia
Ecuador
India
Malaysia
Middle East
Philippines
South America
Tanzania
Turkey
Zimbabwe
Programs
Global Health
Global Health
Foundations for Innovation
Institution Country
Canada
Project Leader
Institution
McMaster University

Rapid and Responsive Evidence Partnership (previously PERLSS) – capacity building

Building on their existing commitments to advance the timely and effective use of evidence in policy and decision-making, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and IDRC have jointly increased their support to the Rapid and Responsive Evidence Partnership of teams in low- and middle-income countries. This partnership facilitates the use of evidence by policymakers and stakeholders to clarify priority development problems and causes, frame options to address them, and identify implementation considerations in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Asia.

Building on the experiences and expertise of these country teams in informing health policies, a number of health sector mechanisms will be adapted and used to contribute to the evidence uptake in a variety of other sectors. Examples of such mechanisms include rapid response services, stakeholder dialogues, and citizen panels. The project will study if and how these mechanisms work and will examine their effectiveness in facilitating the use of evidence by policymakers in the health and non-health sectors.

This project will foster sharing and learning, research quality, coordination, and communications to enhance the effectiveness and impact of the Rapid and Responsive Evidence Partnership.

Project ID
109516
Project Status
Active
Duration
37 months
IDRC Officer
Montasser Kamal
Total Funding
CA$ 165,320.00
Location
Brazil
Burkina Faso
Cameroon
China
Colombia
Ethiopia
Nigeria
South of Sahara
South America
Uganda
West Indies
Programs
Global Health
Global Health

Opening data for inclusive practices in migration, public contracting, and combatting gender-based violence

In Latin America, the increased release of open government data aims to strengthen the transparency and accountability of governments, build new business opportunities, and improve services for citizens. This project will explore innovative approaches for using and understanding public data to promote more inclusive government services and policies, address rights and disinformation challenges, and enhance gender equality. It will focus on three major areas: gender-based violence, assistance to migrants, and emergency procurement.

To address the challenge of gender-based violence in Latin America, notably femicides, the project will examine how newly released official government data can be used to end violence against women through innovative approaches. With respect to migrants, growing civic unrest and massive economic disparities have led to a major increase in irregular migration in some countries. The project will begin to explore the challenges of taking a data-focused approach to supporting the needs of migrants and displaced peoples. This research will emphasize human rights, combatting misinformation and xenophobia, and facilitating better services for communities in need.

Finally, the pandemic has caused an enormous increase in emergency procurement, which, when poorly managed, can negatively impact the delivery of crucial services and goods. The Open Contracting Partnership will support action research to make emergency procurement more inclusive, effective, and efficient in the context of COVID-19. Further, since only an estimated 1% of public contracts go to women-owned businesses, the research will explore key barriers and gaps for this group in bidding for public contracts.

This project is part of the Open Data for Development (OD4D) program, a global network using data to promote social good. The OD4D network is funded by IDRC, Global Affairs Canada, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Project ID
109520
Project Status
Active
Duration
24 months
IDRC Officer
Fernando Perini
Total Funding
CA$ 651,700.00
Location
Argentina
Colombia
Costa Rica
Ecuador
Honduras
Jamaica
Paraguay
Peru
South America
Zambia
Programs
Open Data for Development
Institution Country
United States
Project Leader
Institution
Fund for the City of New York, Inc.
Institution Country
Uruguay
Project Leader
Institution
Iniciativa Latinoamericana por los Datos Abiertos

Social engagement, citizen agency, and governance: toward a new democratic consensus in post-pandemic Latin America

This project seeks to understand how governments and citizen groups have organized responses to the COVID-19 crisis, and the social, political, and institutional dynamics that shaped responses in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, and Mexico. It will assess how the pandemic and the responses to the crisis have affected the social contract between citizens and the state as well as the social cohesion among citizens.

The project places a special emphasis on how the pandemic has affected the ability of women and vulnerable populations to shape strategies in the context of the already high poverty rates of women, Indigenous people, and those of African descent. The groups most vulnerable to the economic and health impacts of COVID-19 are also the most likely to be politically marginalized during the crisis.

The project’s aim is to support improvements in the policies and practices of engagement with vulnerable groups for both civil society organizations and government agencies. It will identify both failings and innovations in governance by examining practices of citizen engagement, distinct political arrangements, approaches to policy co-creation, and the use of technology as a tool for connecting state agencies and policymakers to the public. It will highlight models of leadership and governance in response to the crisis. It aims to strengthen civil society-led initiatives, incorporate new innovations, and help mobilize the agency of vulnerable groups. Finally, the activities will inform discussions about how to revitalize democratic politics amid declining public trust in traditional political institutions.

Project ID
109500
Project Status
Active
Duration
36 months
Total Funding
CA$ 1,338,800.00
Location
Argentina
Bolivia
Colombia
Guatemala
Mexico
South America
Programs
Governance and Justice
Democratic and Inclusive Governance
Institution Country
Colombia
Project Leader
Institution
Universidad ICESI
Institution Country
Mexico
Project Leader
Institution
Nosotr@s por la Democracia, Asociación Civil
Institution Country
Argentina
Project Leader
Institution
Asuntos del Sur Asociacion Civil
Institution Country
Guatemala
Project Leader
Institution
ASOCIACIÓN CIVIL DIÁLOGOS

Addressing the socioeconomic impacts of COVID-19 with a gender lens: food systems, labour markets, and social protection in Latin America

The COVID-19 pandemic and confinement are causing severe disruption to labour markets and food security in Latin America, exacerbating structural labour market challenges such as informality, inequality, and low productivity. Millions of workers are left unprotected, highlighting the need to strengthen social protection systems. The impact on the food system is exacerbating inefficiencies and inequalities, putting the livelihoods of small producers and access to healthy food for poor consumers at risk. So far, most Latin American governments have failed to enact policy measures to tackle these problems.

This project will support evidence, technical assistance, and a pilot of policy responses addressing food systems, labour market challenges, and social protection that emphasize gender and diversity. It will propose timely and cost-effective policy responses to foster food security and more efficient and inclusive traditional food markets; support the design and piloting of innovative social protection programs to reach informal workers; and inform temporary employment policies for Latin America to reduce the socio-economic impacts of the pandemic and to promote a more equitable and sustainable recovery. The project will also have global reach and foster Southern researchers’ visibility and leadership, with at least 15 scholars from the region engaging on global policy dialogues on COVID-19 responses.

The project will be implemented in Peru, Ecuador, and two additional Latin American countries that will be selected according to the impact of the pandemic, potential for policy impact, and research capacities.

Project ID
109495
Project Status
Active
Duration
30 months
IDRC Officer
Carolina Robino
Total Funding
CA$ 1,481,700.00
Location
Ecuador
Peru
South America
Programs
Governance and Justice
Sustainable Inclusive Economies
Institution Country
Peru
Project Leader
Institution
Group of Analysis for Development / Groupe d'analyse pour le développement / Grupo de Análisis para el Desarrollo

Impact of COVID-19 on family farming and food security in Latin America: evidence-based public policy responses

The COVID-19 pandemic is threatening the livelihoods and food security of millions of people. Family farming provides a significant share of the food supply and has an important role in the transition toward sustainable agri-food systems and the fight against a possible food crisis. This sector is facing multiple challenges that are exacerbated under the current pandemic.

This project, implemented in Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Mexico, will generate evidence and promote changes to agri-food systems in the aftermath of the pandemic. It will contribute to mitigating the impact on food security and consumption patterns of the most vulnerable, with an emphasis on women. It will promote small- and medium-scale farming, in addition to agri-food systems that are more sustainable, gender-sensitive, inclusive, and resilient to shocks such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Project ID
109494
Project Status
Active
Duration
36 months
IDRC Officer
Sandra Gagnon
Total Funding
CA$ 1,388,700.00
Location
Colombia
Ecuador
Guatemala
Mexico
South America
Programs
Climate-Resilient Food Systems
Governance and Justice
Climate-Resilient Food Systems
Institution Country
Chile
Project Leader
Institution
[Corporación de Derecho Privado Rimisp" - Centro Latinoamericano para el Desarrollo Rural] or [Corporación Rimisp]"

Generating knowledge and building networks for science advice in emergencies

The COVID-19 pandemic, like climate change and other major threats, is pervasive worldwide. This recognition is at the core of the UN’s 2030 Agenda and embedded within each of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Yet a clear understanding of our shared threats and the means to mitigate them is less well developed. This is in part because the required structures for government science advice are often weak or absent, particularly in the Global South.

Since 2014, the International Network for Government Science Advice (INGSA) has been at the vanguard of global efforts to instil evidence-based policymaking by drawing on national science systems as a major part of efforts to advance the SDGs. These efforts included a three-year IDRC-funded initiative from 2017 to support research, training, and networking in the Global South, under the auspices of the International Science Council. In 2020, INGSA’s work has taken a new and urgent turn in the context of the COVID-19 global pandemic, acting as a conduit between national public health agencies and research organizations and establishing a platform of information sharing and data collection about how related policy decisions are being made.

This project will build on INGSA’s earlier work involving the Global South and on its initial efforts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will focus on ideas, institutions, individuals, and modes of integration that can greatly enhance how science advice occurs in Asia, Latin America, and Africa, with an emphasis on responses to the pandemic and to emergencies more generally. It will support a comprehensive comparative study of COVID-19 responses through original research, including the creation of a new global platform for tracking related policies as well as “deep-dive” case studies. This will help governments better prepare for transnational crises by using high-quality scientific evidence.

In parallel, the project will pilot a regional network of high-level science advisors linked to a policy intelligence platform for Southeast Asia and explore scaling out possibilities for other regions. Finally, it will rely on INGSA’s three regional chapters in Asia, Latin America, and Africa to generate new knowledge and regional insights, promote science advice to policymakers, and integrate information across regions, with an early emphasis on COVID-19.

Project ID
109484
Project Status
Active
Duration
30 months
IDRC Officer
Matthew Wallace
Total Funding
CA$ 745,600.00
Location
Indonesia
Malaysia
Nepal
Philippines
South America
South of Sahara
Thailand
Programs
Education and Science
Education and Science
Foundations for Innovation
Institution Country
France
Project Leader
Institution
Conseil international pour la science / International Science Council
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