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What We Believe

The world’s future depends on universal access to quality education, yet we fail to ensure this for all children worldwide

Governments are responsible for providing quality free education for all children, however in many developing countries this is not happening, despite often meeting, or exceeding, recommended UNESCO benchmarks on budget allocation. After being inspired by local actors striving to change learning outcomes for underserved communities on a visit to Ghana in 2008, IDP Foundation has been committed to addressing the gap in quality education provision. As a funding partner and champion of the affordable non-state education sector (ANS), we believe that low-fee private schools play a crucial role in increasing access to education and improving learning outcomes in low and lower-middle income countries. We call for the global recognition, integration and support of this sector as part of a centrally-governed mixed economy of provision that embraces all hands on deck to build resilience into national education systems.

Our Theory of Change

Improving education access for all children, now

We believe in empowering local actors who support low-fee private schools with access to finance and training in underserved communities

Interventions that create better learning outcomes for all

We are committed to identifying and funding local and global actors driven to improve learning outcomes in low to no-connectivity settings

Championing a mixed economy of education provision

We focus on collaboration and partnerships with peers, advocates, practitioners, and governments


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Read more on our impact, learning, and news

Impact Stories
Rising Schools Program
June 2023

Impact StoriesKenya
Ongoza Program
June 2023

Impact Stories
IDP Foundation Celebrates 15 Years of Impact
February 2024

Learning SeriesReflections
Fireside Webinar: Making Noise in the Margins
September 2023

News & Views

To achieve sustainable change, we need to push the conversation

We believe in the power of the collective voice. If you’re interested in collaborating on campaigns and events, please get in touch

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