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Jacobs Foundation

The Jacobs Foundation was founded in 1989 by Klaus J. Jacobs to promote close cooperation with science in the development of policies and interventions that improve the educational opportunities of young people. Headquartered in Switzerland, the Jacobs Foundation invests and promotes high-quality research into learning and development. Its vision is a world in which every child is given the evidence-based learning opportunities they need to thrive. To do this, the Foundation is executing its Strategy 2030 plan to translate evidence into policy and practice—underpinned by an ambitious Research Agenda to identify the variances between how children live and learn in different environments. Across several portfolios, the Jacobs Foundation works with public, private, and civil society partners in Switzerland, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Colombia. The Foundation also funds researchers globally, encouraging networking and partnerships to help inform evidence-based policy and practice worldwide.

To support our ambition of providing quality education for every child, the Foundation is a strategic partner of the What Works hub for Global Education. Together, we aim to ensure that evidence forms the core of education policy and practice, positively impacting children’s learning in low- and middle-income countries.

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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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