National Department of Health Knowledge Hub
The Knowledge Hub (KH) is an online platform connecting the public health workforce to relevant, high quality continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities and resources. To provide excellent health care to patients, healthcare professionals need to improve their skills and performance, as well as to implement strategies to develop effective managers and health practitioners. Through the KH, they can:
- Access curated and effective professional development opportunities and resources, including online and blended-learning courses, face-to-face workshops, self-study resources, policies, guidelines and reference materials;
- Access an eLibrary of curated legislation, policies, guidelines, standard operating procedures (SOPs), reference materials, and best practices (without having to log into the system);
- Customize their experience based on their job profile and needs and making the information more specific and relevant.
The KH supports learning delivery either entirely online (e-learning) or combined with traditional face-to-face delivery (blended learning). The intention is to build a ‘one-stop-shop’ through which healthcare professionals can locate and access both mandatory training opportunities implemented by Department and a wider catalogue of recommended, approved CPD opportunities and resources that can help them do their jobs more easily and effectively.
To support the implementation of the new TLD HIV treatment, online training for health care workers was developed and is available for clinicians to provide guidance on initiating antiretroviral therapy (ART) naïve clients; switching existing clients including second and third line on TLD and provision of integrated ART, tuberculosis and family planning services.
The KH team is working closely with the NDoH to develop and roll out COVID-19 management and infection prevention and control training (virtual workshops and online courses) for all workers in the South African public health care sector. Access to the latest processes, procedures and guidelines is critical to the nation’s response to the COVID-19 crisis and the KH is central to the NDoH’s communication.
UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers (CFT)
In 2013, NBA was contracted by UNESCO to support the development and review of the national ICT strategies of Kenya, Indonesia and Oman for the use of the UNESCO ICT CFT harnessing OER. NBA was also required to support the development of national implementation strategies, including ensuring that other CFT activities being undertaken in those countries are incorporated into the country’s implementation strategy, and to undertake peer review of the course materials, assessment instruments and related tools developed as a component of the national implementation strategies.
NBA is working with UNESCO to support the ICT Competency Framework for Teachers (CFT) Network of Champions. In 2017 NBA was contracted by UNESCO to research how the UNESCO ICT CFT had been used by different governments and educational institutions around the world and within different language groups. The following year NBA lead a team of UNESCO-appointed education experts revise and update the framework to reflect recent trends in educational technology. (Access the latest ICT CFT here).
NBA also maintains the ICT CFT hub on OER Commons, a repository of openly licensed teacher training materials aligned to the competencies described in the ICT CFT. Currently, NBA is coordinating the activities of a community of practice who support the use of the framework and the open licensed materials and provide guidance to governments and educational institutions who show an interest in using the ICT CFT and its resources.
NBA is contracted to the Anzisha Prize programme of the African Leadership Academy (ALA) to run their monitoring and evaluation processes and to conduct ad hoc research on specific issues as identified by Anzisha (2018-2020). The Anzisha Prize is a partnership between ALA and Mastercard Foundation. It runs a series of programmes and events and provide on-going support to build entrepreneurial activity of young people in Africa aged 15 to 22 years. NBA’s work with Anzisha has included, amongst others, assistance with the writing of a theory of change, developing a results framework against which Anzisha’s progress is measured, setting up on-going monitoring systems, designing and building a Management Information System (MIS), data collection and analysis and reporting. NBA has also provided management support for research that Anzisha has commissioned from across the African continent, has played a lead role in the conceptualisation and writing of the Anzisha Scenario, conducted background research on behaviour change communications, policy research to map out the policy environment for very young entrepreneurs across Africa, and research to assist Anzisha to identify key moments of behaviour change for very young entrepreneurs.
The Hewlett Foundation Grant for Researching Policy Strategies to Support Implementation of the UNESCO OER Recommendation
NBA aims to contribute to improving education in developing-world contexts by advancing open, sustainable, and cost-effective solutions to educational challenges. With this grant, NBA will lead research to deepen knowledge on the most effective strategies to create government policy and regulatory environments that support effective implementation of the recently approved UNESCO OER Recommendation, working in partnership with UNESCO’s Dynamic Coalition, UNESCO’s regional offices in Africa, and other key African partners.
The Hewlett Foundation Open Licensing and Early Literacy Research Grant
NBA currently has a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to explore both the potential for open licensing to enhance the availability of mother‐tongue early literacy reading resources in the global South and the attendant risks. Through an earlier Hewlett Foundation grant, research covered the impact of open licensing on the early literacy ecosystem, emerging innovations, and the implications for content creation, publishing, and use of reading materials in developing countries, primarily in Africa. Our research focuses on picture books that children can read for pleasure rather than ‘decodable’ texts that are used for instruction. NBA is continuing this work and carrying out both desktop case studies and action research, with participation from key players in Africa. This research will explore whether open licensing can be employed sustainably by content producers – commercial and non‐commercial alike – in the global South, with a focus on Africa. The research also examines how the development of new technologies threatens to disrupt traditional publishing chains, and how these threats might be harnessed to create sustainable new business models. NBA has created a website to share resources and project information here.
The World Bank
Through Neil Butcher, NBA provides extensive ongoing support to the World Bank in its operations around the world, with focus on developing regions such as Africa, South India, and Eastern Europe. This includes support in programme design and preparation, programme supervision, and expert advice, assistance, and research support in several areas. While much of the support offered includes general programme support and monitoring, specific areas of expertise in which support is provided include: TVET, skills development, and labour markets; EMIS; teacher education; and educational technology. While the portfolio of countries changes from year to year, ongoing support has been provided in, amongst others, India, Indonesia, Romania, Serbia, Ethiopia, South Africa, Zambia, Mauritius, Lesotho, Tanzania, Burundi, and Somalia.