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Sub-Saharan Africa

We work with governments and development partners to strengthen education systems in countries across Sub-Saharan Africa and to improve the quality of education for all.

Our research, expertise and partnerships support ministries of education, policymakers and school leaders to deliver improved educational outcomes for children and young people. We help to remove barriers to learning, support teachers and leaders at school level, and collaboratively build sustainable systems. Our flagship programmes include schemes to help more girls remain in education, support teacher professional development and provide high-quality training for education leaders. Last year, we reached:

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Our expertise

Teacher development

We have been working with teachers in Africa for over 30 years, and we know that effective teaching starts with excellent teachers. Our programmes, research and consultancy work are designed to promote effective teacher professional development to improve learning outcomes and the overall quality of education provision.

Girls' education

Our passion for girls’ education is matched by our experience and expertise. We are a trusted partner of governments and organisations seeking to improve girls’ learning, with a deep evidence base and extensive experience of delivering at-scale education programmes that benefit girls across the world.

Leadership for learning

Education leadership is second only to the quality of teaching in terms of impact on learning outcomes. We support school and system leaders to become agents of change beyond their own school or district, driving efficient and effective school reform.

System strengthening

We work in partnership with governments, NGOs and donors to develop and support effective education reforms which improve teaching and learning across whole education systems. We use evidence-informed benchmarks to monitor progress and tailor interventions to local contexts to maximise gains in learning outcomes – especially for the most marginalised learners.

Education in emergencies

We have more than 20 years’ experience of working in fragile and conflict-affected states and supporting education in emergencies. We provide rapid-response support and advice in emergencies, as well as both immediate and long-term technical assistance for post-crisis capacity building and reform.

Inclusive education

All children should be given the chance to learn. Our programme teams are experienced in designing reforms which reach the most marginalised learners, including those with special educational needs or disabilities, and in training education professionals in inclusive pedagogies to ensure that all children are given the opportunity to access education.


Our consultancy team provides world-class technical expertise in education reform. We offer tailored advice, technical assistance, and delivery and project management support to school systems globally. We have worked in almost 100 countries – including over 20 in Africa – over the past 15 years, with a broad range of clients, including FCDO, UNICEF, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and national ministries of education.

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