KIX Europe, Asia, and Pacific hub
The Global Partnership for Education Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (KIX), a joint endeavour between the Global Partnership for Education and IDRC, aims to contribute to the improvement of education policy and practice in the Global South.
A key component of KIX is a knowledge sharing and exchange function, where country representatives come together to share information, innovation, and best practices related to education policy and programming and to inform knowledge gaps and policy priorities. Four regional hubs act as knowledge brokering units for KIX. This page provides information on the hub that primarily oversees activities in eastern Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, Central Asia, and Asia-Pacific.
Implementing organization: Network for international policies and cooperation in education and training (NORRAG)
Region: Eastern Europe, Middle East and North Africa, Central Asia, Asia-Pacific
Countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, Georgia, Kyrgyz Republic, Laos, Maldives, Moldova, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Sudan, Tajikistan, Timor Leste, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen
Who are we?
The KIX Europe, Asia, and Pacific (EAP) hub facilitates cross-country knowledge exchange and mobilization, learning, synthesis, and collaboration among national education stakeholders in 21 Global Partnership for Education partner countries in Europe, Asia, and the Pacific. The hub functions as a regional forum within KIX.
The Network for international policies and cooperation in education and training (NORRAG), an associate program of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, manages this hub. NORRAG’s webpage on the hub, can be found here: KIX Europe, Asia, and Pacific (EAP).
What do we do?
The 21 countries represented by this hub face extremely diverse education issues, contexts, and histories that will be addressed using participatory and inclusive approaches to engage national education stakeholders, including governments, donors, international organizations, civil society organizations, teacher organizations, foundations, the private sector, and universities.
The hub will help bring shared priority themes to the surface and facilitate peer-learning. It will also support national education stakeholders to produce knowledge that is relevant at country, sub-regional, or regional levels. Gender issues will be integrated into the project’s policy analysis work. The learning will be demand-driven and developed through workshops, country visits, studies, and webinars.
About the region
The cluster of post-socialist countries (i.e. Central Asia, Caucasus, eastern Europe, Mongolia) can build on a legacy of gender equity and near universal access to primary and lower secondary education.
Yemen, Sudan, and countries in South Asia must cope with large numbers of refugees, internally displaced persons, and out-of-school children and youth. UNESCO notes that enrollment ratios for girls in lower secondary range from below 50% in Afghanistan and Pakistan to almost double in Bangladesh, Bhutan, Georgia, Nepal, and Vietnam. The quality of education also ranges widely. For example, although children in Vietnam and Nepal have the same average number of years of schooling, Vietnamese children score much higher than Nepali children in standardized learning assessments, according to the World Bank.
The KIX EAP hub can address these challenges by helping to produce, document, and exchange regionally relevant knowledge and by creating new opportunities for joint capacity building across countries.
Setting regional priorities
The KIX Europe, Asia, and Pacific hub will identify the challenges and priorities that cut across the 21 countries using qualitative research that combines a desk review, surveys, and key informant interviews.
This page will be updated to reflect the priorities identified through this process.