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Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), United Kingdom

The United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty and tackle global challenges with international partners. The UK’s White Paper on International Development in a Contested World sets out the UK’s approach to end extreme poverty, tackle climate change and accelerate progress on the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. This includes a commitment to harness research to ensure the most cost-effective development impact and ensuring opportunities for all, including investing in education systems.

Education is a top priority for the UK as an essential right for children to secure the knowledge and skills they need to achieve their potential. In addition to working with partner governments on strengthening education systems to deliver learning for all, the FCDO is committed to producing cutting education research and evidence on ‘what works’ and fostering global research and development partnerships to improve learning outcomes. The FCDO developed the What Works Hub for Global Education as a partnership initiative to both deliver and enable better access to world class education research in support of governments committed to addressing the learning crisis through evidence-based reform. With a focus on not just what works to improve learning outcomes, but how to implement it at scale.

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What we do

Our work will directly affect up to 3 million children, and reach up to 17 million more through its influence.

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Who we are

A group of strategic partners, consortium partners, researchers, policymakers, practitioners and professionals working together.

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