Supporting education of children through policy reform in developing countries 

Researchers have been investigating children’s learning in developing countries through a number of large-scale studies in African nations aimed at understanding the factors that enable, or constrain, learning. These assessments, commissioned variously by the UK Department for International Development (DFID, now FCO), UNICEF and the World Bank, have led to a number of scaled-up, regularised, national numeracy and literacy assessment frameworks in countries such as Sudan and Nigeria. These assessments also led to government-sponsored interventions to improve literacy standards, and substantial funding from international agencies, such as the World Bank, to implement improvement programmes. Examples of our impact on policy reform include the following: 

Global Partnership for Education, Stories of Change