The objective of the KLI Grants is to strengthen the evidence-base for the impact results-based financing can have on the education system by improving access to, the quality and utilization of textbooks and reading books. The Global Book Alliance and REACH, through REACH for Reading, will fund activities at any of the following stages of development:
a) Proof of concept: Piloting of a concept that targets beneficiaries in a developing country context to gain an early, real world assessment of the technical and financial viability of the proposed concept.
b) Testing impact and delivery: Testing a proven concept for social impact, improved outcomes and/or market viability, as well as operational refinement to build paths to sustainability and scale.
c) Scaling-up: Adaptation of a rigorously evaluated innovation to new contexts, geographical areas.
This call will only accept applications that transform the quality, availability and utilization of textbooks and reading books through results-based financing models.
What is Results-Based Financing?
Results-based financing is an umbrella term that refers to any program that rewards the delivery of one or more outputs or outcomes by one or more incentives, financial or otherwise, upon verification that the agreed-upon result has been delivered. Incentives may be directed to ministries, provinces, districts or service providers such as publishers (supply side), program beneficiaries such as students (demand side), or both. It can refer to donor financing, government financing, or both.
What type of solutions will be considered?
REACH for Reading will fund high quality, robust, cost-effective experiments, designed to transform the book supply chain, procurement, quality assurance and utilization of books through results-based financing models. The solutions we support will demonstrate and be evaluated against the following criteria:
a) Technical Strength
An intervention which reforms one or more aspects of the way books are developed, procured, produced, distributed, or used, using results-based financing. A focus on books (Pre-Primary - Basic Education) for reading instruction and practice in underserved languages will be given more weight. Interventions that are applicable to other types of textbooks and supplementary books are eligible only if they address the pre-conditions for improving book development, procurement, and production system-wide to the measurable benefit of beneficiary students. A clearly defined theory of change and mechanisms for evaluating and measuring the impact of proposed activities will be strongly favored.
b) Client Commitment
Applications will only be considered from countries with existing reading programs and/or reforms. Priority will be given to teams (including government, partner representatives, public private partnerships) working in or across countries where the government can demonstrate support for using results-based financing mechanisms. If applicant is selected as an awardee, a letter of endorsement from the government is required to secure funding from this call for proposals.
c) Impact on Country Systems
Applicants should demonstrate how the proposed intervention strengthens or improves existing country or complementary systems.
Proposals should be able to measure the equity impact of RBF, with particular attention to minimizing the risks of pulling focus away from the most difficult to reach and underserved populations (e.g. girls, rural, children with disabilities) in an effort to produce results.
Who will we fund?
REACH for Reading will consider applications from (1) Non-governmental organizations; (2) Teams within multilateral organizations; (3) Academics; and (4) Civil Society organizations.
How will funding be managed?
The maximum budget for an activity financed through this call for proposals is expected to be $500,000. A World Bank Task Team Leader (TTL) must be identified for each proposal selected for financing. For teams applying within the Bank, the TTL will be responsible for the activity implementation and budget and for delivering the results specified in the proposal. Successful teams from outside the World Bank will be matched with a World Bank task team leader.
The deadline for submissions is 6 PM EST November 17, 2017.
Select applicants will be invited to interview in late January 2018.
Funding is expected to be available starting March 2018.
Application Form (DEADLINE: 6 PM EST, Friday, November 17, 2016)