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Mapping Education Research in sub-Saharan Africa

Bosch Mapping ProjectMapping Education Research in sub-Saharan Africa

There is an urgent need for a strong evidence-base to inform education policy and practice in sub-Saharan Africa. There are positive signs that the evidence base is growing. However, such research is not always easy to locate, particularly publications by African researchers and institutions.

To address this gap and increase the visibility and impact of African education research, the REAL Centre is partnering with Education Sub-Saharan Africa (ESSA) on a project to catalogue, review and synthesise policy-relevant education research from Africa.

Project outputs will include:

  • An open-access database of education research from sub-Saharan Africa
  • A literature review synthesising learning in priority areas

Research team:

Principal investigator: Professor Pauline Rose

Research associate: Dr Rafael Mitchell

Research assistant: Dr Samuel Asare


This work is undertaken in partnership with Education Sub-Saharan Africa (ESSA) which is supported by the Robert Bosch Foundation, with funding from the Jacobs Foundation.


June 2017 – June 2019


Mitchell, R., Rose, P. 2018. Literature search protocol for the African Education Research Database. Methodological Note. REAL Centre, University of Cambridge.


Mitchell, R., Rose, P., Asare, S. 2018. New database puts African education research at the heart of policy and practice. The Conversation

Mitchell, R., Rose, P. 2017. What does the African Education Research Database tell us about research in West Africa? ADEA, December 2017.

Mitchell, R., Rose, P. 2017. A new database to raise the visibility and impact of African education research. ADEA, September 2017.

Mitchell, R., Rose, P. 2017. “Learning, if you use it, increases”: a database of African education research to inform policy and practice. NORRAG, August 2017.

Conference presentations:

Mitchell, R., Rose, P., Asare, S. 2018. Introducing the Impact Initiative and the African Education Research Database. Raising Learning Outcomes in Education Systems: Africa Symposium, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Asare, S., Mitchell, R., Rose, P. 2018. Global policy agendas and the Education Sustainable Development Goal: Perspectives from sub-Saharan African research and researchers. BAICE Conference, York 2018.

Mitchell, R., Rose, P., Asare, S. 2018. Research in African universities to inform the Sustainable Development Goal for Education: visibility, gaps and future priorities. Centre for Education and International Development (CEID) Annual Conference, Institute of Education, London.

Rose, P., Mitchell, R., Asare, S. 2018. Launch of the African Education Research Database. French Development Agency, Paris.

Mitchell, R., Rose, P. 2018. Mapping the African research evidence base for educational policy and practice. CIES Conference, Mexico City 2018.

Mitchell, R. 2017. Report on the African Education Research Database. L’Atelier de recherche sur l’éducation au Burkina Faso (AREB) Conference, Ouagadougou 2017.

Media Coverage:

Africa’s first online database on education research SciDevNet. July 2018

Database of African research on education launched UNESCO IIEP. June 2018

Open access database to raise education research visibility University World News. June 2018

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