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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

Funder: Education Sub-Saharan Africa (ESSA), supported by Robert Bosch Stiftung

Duration: June 2017 – May 2019


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

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

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

Conference presentations:

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

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