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OER Africa

OER Africa

OER Africa is an initiative of Saide, established in 2008 with support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, to collaborate with higher education institutions in Africa in the development and use of Open Educational Resources (OER), to enhance teaching and learning.
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South African 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:


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.

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Anzisha Prize

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.


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.

Consulting services

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.

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For two decades NBA has worked across developing countries at all levels of education, at the intersection of research and practical delivery. Get in touch to discuss how you can draw on our experience and insights and apply them to your context, problems, or goals.

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