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Pan-African Knowledge Hub

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Launch of the Pan-African Knowledge Hub

The joint INEE-GIZ Pan-African Knowledge Hub, established in March 2012, focuses on international funding for education. The Knowledge Hub is part of the “German BACKUP Initiative -- Education in Africa” (or BACKUP Education), a programme of GIZ (“Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH”), and is implemented by the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE).

The Knowledge Hub is based out of Nairobi, Kenya, with coverage of the entire Africa region. It is managed by a Coordinator and Deputy Coordinator who are part of the INEE Secretariat.


To read the Pan-African Knowledge Hub e-Newsletter, click here.

To access country profiles on education systems in Africa, click here.


1. What is the Knowledge Hub?
2. Who does the Knowledge Hub work with?
3. How does the Knowledge Hub work?

4. About BACKUP Education
5. Contact



Facilitating knowledge sharing for easier, faster and quicker financing of education.

The goal of the Knowledge Hub is to support South-South learning and exchange that facilitates improved access to and utilization of international funding mechanisms for education (such as the Global Partnership for Education, formerly Fast Track Initiative – FTI).

To achieve this goal, the Knowledge Hub serves as a platform for sharing knowledge and experience on funding, planning and managing education among African countries. Through its facilitative activities, the Knowledge Hub hopes to better equip African education stakeholders to manage the processes that accessing or utilizing these mechanisms require (e.g. developing or implementing an education sector plan).

Supporting education for peace.
A further priority is a targeted sharing and learning processes focused on approaches to tackling the technical challenges facing education in African countries affected by crisis and conflict. The Knowledge Hub facilitates sharing experiences and opportunities for using educational approaches to help prevent violence and promote peace.

Providing access to small “stopgap” funds that support processes for larger funds.
The Knowledge Hub supports education stakeholders who need immediate and flexible technical support to meet the requirements for a successful application to and use of international funding. The Knowledge Hub will provide a link between African colleagues and the funding modes of the “German BACKUP Initiative – Education in Africa” (see more below) which can quickly provide small pools of funds to meet training, consultancy or other needs related to the access or utilization of international funding. 

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The Knowledge Hub engages with both state and non-state actors from across Africa who are involved in accessing and utilizing international funding for education. This includes colleagues from government institutions – particularly Ministries of Education – and national, regional and international civil society organizations, as well as Local Education Groups or other sector coordination groups, particularly from countries affected by crisis and conflict. The Knowledge Hub attempts to link up colleagues who face similar challenges and have relevant knowledge and experiences to share with each other within and across countries.

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The Knowledge Hub develops and facilitates activities premised on linking colleagues together across Africa and fostering South-South cooperation and learning. The Knowledge Hub organizes and facilitates activities based on the needs of those involved and their objectives for learning and sharing. It will use a range of mechanisms to build linkages and networks among colleagues including, but not limited to, meetings and workshops, conference calls, webinars and e-forums.

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BACKUP Education and thereby the Knowledge Hub are fully funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). BACKUP stands for Building Alliances, Creating Knowledge and Updating Partners. BACKUP Education is designed to support education stakeholders who experience the need for immediate and flexible technical support to meet the requirements for a successful application to and use of international funding mechanisms. The initiative is designed to work in close cooperation with the Local Education Group or national education coordination groups wherever there is immediate need and no other flexible funding is available. BACKUP Education offers this support through a demand-driven, earmarked fund with three modes:

1. Fast Access Mode (up to EUR 20,000): BACKUP Education provides funding at short notice for one-off activities such as conference participation, vocational training, etc.

2. Consultancy Mode (up to EUR 50,000): BACKUP Education helps to pay for the commissioning of experts to provide advisory services on national education strategies or related activities.

3. Project Mode (up to EUR 100,000): Activities supported by the Project Mode that provide assistance in applying for and implementing funding provided through the Global Partnership for Education and other international funding initiatives.

Government institutions (e.g. Ministry of Education), national, regional or international civil society organizations are invited to submit applications to the three funding modes of BACKUP Education. BACKUP Education addresses all African countries, and it especially invites applicants from countries which are in crisis or transition situations.

For more information on BACKUP Education or applying to the modes, please visit or email
(All application and report forms are available in English and French for download at the BACKUP Education website.)

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If you would like to engage with the Pan-African Knowledge Hub and/or have ideas for activities, please email

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