Support for RISE Increases as Efforts to Tackle the Learning Crisis Gain Momentum

RISE receives additional funding from DFID and Gates Foundation


As a world leader on education, the Department for International Development (DFID) has pledged increased support for Research on Improving Systems of Education (RISE) as part of the UK government’s larger programme to tackle the global learning crisis and achieve the education global goals.

Through the financial backing and partnership building of DFID, RISE will now be able to extend beyond the programme’s existing six research countries in Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Tanzania, and Vietnam to increase the evidence base to see what works, and what doesn’t, in education system reform. The RISE agenda will expand with a range of new activities including: additional country specific research; synthesis of findings around core policy issues; and the development of education system diagnostics informed by RISE research. 

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will join DFID and Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in a partnership to support education systems research through RISE, creating greater impact in developing countries around the world. 

“The continued support from DFID and the new partnership with the Gates Foundation acknowledges the meaningful contributions of RISE research to ongoing policy debates in global education,” said RISE Research Director Lant Pritchett. “Millions of children around the world leave primary school without acquiring basic literacy and numeracy skills. These new resources from our partners will allow us to expand and deepen the world class research RISE produces to inform education systems reform and move closer to a world where every child leaves basic schooling equipped with the capabilities they need to reach their full potential.”

Girindre Beeharry, Director, Global Education Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said, “We learned a great deal from RISE as we considered how to focus our strategy to make a meaningful contribution to improving education systems globally. This partnership is a natural alignment of our work. We are pleased to join DFID and DFAT in supporting RISE research into the root causes of poor performance in education systems, and in the development of approaches that are best suited to a country’s specific circumstances to improve teaching and learning.”



Background Information

Research on Improving Systems of Education (RISE) is supported by £36.8m in funding from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), A$9.85m from the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), and US$1.7m from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 

The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty. DFID focuses on tackling the global challenges of our time including poverty and disease, mass migration, insecurity and conflict. The Department’s work is building a safer, healthier, more prosperous world for people in developing countries and in the UK, too.

Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is the lead agency managing Australia’s international presence. The Department is responsible for developing and implementing foreign, trade and development policy, negotiating international agreements, delivering an effective aid program, and providing high quality consular assistance.

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.