06 Aug, 2021

ESSA & REAL Centre Conference Report

AERD Conference

ESSA & REAL Centre Conference Report


ESSA & REAL Centre Conference | Action on funding for African-led education research

Education Sub Saharan Africa (ESSA) and the Research for Equitable Access and Learning (REAL) Centre at the University of Cambridge, in consultation with researchers featured in the African Education Research Database (AERD), organized a virtual conference on the urgent need for additional funding in African education research on 24th June 2021.

Objectives of the session

This conference provided a forum for presentation and an interactive, two-way discussion of: 

  • Funding opportunities, requirements and expectations of funders based in and/or outside Africa. 

  • Barriers researchers face in accessing funding and the strategies they use to overcome them. 

  • How funding policies can be improved to better support researchers based in Africa.  

  • Whether/how funding is aligned to education policies and priorities in Africa.

The conference brought together over 200 education stakeholders including researchers, policy actors, donors and practitioners to share ideas on African education research funding and the way forward.


Conference Materials:

Download the conference report

Download the Speakers Presentations


If you would like to get in touch with any questions or comments, you can email us at researchenquiries@essa-africa.org

We hope you will join us for other Africa-focused research events in the future.


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