Contribution to Network for Policy Research, Review and Advice on Education and Training (NORRAG)

Project completed

Being an international network, NORRAG allows policy dialogue between a diversity of actors. It provides just-in-time knowledge on international education and training policies. It supports capacity development and evidence-based policy making, particularly in the Global South. The period of shaping the post MDGs/EFA agenda (2013-2015) is crucial for recalling the importance of basic education and training. By covering these two themes, NORRAG is a strategic partner for SDC.

Topic Period Budget
Education policy
01.03.2013 - 28.02.2015
CHF 1'600'000

Basic education and skills development policies should ensure basic knowledge and competences not only to respond to the market needs but also to exert the citizenship rights of the individuals.


Evidenced based analysis on IETPs are available to the main stakeholders (at the international, regional and national level) and can orientate the content, the shaping and the implementation of national policies on basic education and skills.

Target groups

NORRAG members, others thematic networks (eg. ROCARE/ERNWACA, SDC Education network, RECI), research institutions, governments, NGOs, multilateral and bilateral agencies, private sector

Medium-term outcomes

  • Greater awareness and understanding of present and prospective issues in IETPs in the context of international development, in particular policy maker in the global south
  • Individual and institutional capacities for policy analysis and dialogue in the field of IETPs and international development cooperation are enhanced.
  • Results

    Results from previous phases:  

    • A forum on international education and training policies (IETPs) has been created
    • Consultation with major international organisations and a synthesis on the position of education/skills in the post 2015 agenda has been debated and disseminated (including 3 case studies, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Bangladesh)
    • NORRAG News have provided original, attractive, relevant and independent analysis on IETPs, especially n° 46 on skills development
    • Membership has doubled (2’000 in 2009 to 4’000 in 2012). 25% from Sub Saharian Africa, 12% East Asia /Pacific, 8-9% from South West Asia and over
    • New website and launch of a NORRAG blog.

    Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
    Credit area Development cooperation
    Project partners Contract partner
    Swiss Academic and Research Institution
    • Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
    • IHEID, Geneva (because NORRAG is hosted by IHEID) Operational contract partner is NORRAG, with research and foresight (education sector UNESCO)

    Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF   1'600'000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF   1'574'923
    Project phases Phase 9 01.01.2018 - 31.12.2020   (Current phase) Phase 8 15.04.2015 - 14.04.2018   (Completed)

    Phase 7 01.03.2013 - 28.02.2015   (Completed)

    Phase 6 01.03.2009 - 31.12.2012   (Completed)