Partnership to Strengthen Innovation and Practice in Secondary Education (PSIPSE)

The a multi-donor collaboration to accelerate innovation in secondary education programming, research, and development in selected countries.

Partnership to Strengthen Innovation and Practice in Secondary Education (PSIPSE)

The Partnership to Strengthen Innovation and Practice in Secondary Education (PSIPSE) is a funder collaborative that seeks to increase secondary education access and improve learning outcomes for marginalized populations. The Partnership works toward this goal by funding in-country interventions that accelerate innovation, support evidence-based policy reforms, and capture and disseminate learnings to key stakeholders. The Partnership is led by a group of private donors and donor advisors, including the MacArthur Foundation, The MasterCard Foundation, Human Dignity Foundation, Intel Foundation, and an anonymous donor.

In 2012 and 2013, the group issued two multi-donor RFPs to solicit projects that could help inform the imminent expansion and transformation of secondary education. Based on the responses to the RFPs, the donor collaborative has issued approximately $24 million in grants, funding 42 projects that support better access, teaching, and learning outcomes for students at the secondary level. Project durations are one to three years, and are located across East Africa (encompassing Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, and East DRC), India, and Nigeria. The donor partners are committed to monitoring the funded projects, drawing out and sharing important learnings, and using these learnings to inform future programming. In April 2014, the Partnership announced its third RFP, as well as the addition of Comic Relief and Dubai Cares to its ranks. Both organizations have historically focused on primary education in developing countries, and joined the Partnership in an effort to secure the transition of students from primary to secondary education.


  • MasterCard Foundation

    United States | Staff size: 51-100

    The MasterCard Foundation is an independent foundation based in Toronto, Canada with $10 billion in assets. Their vision is to create the opportunity for all to learn and prosper. They promote...

  • MacArthur Foundation

    United States | Staff size: Unknown
  • ELMA Foundation

    United States | Staff size: 26-50
  • Human Dignity Foundation (HDF)

    Switzerland | Staff size: 1-5

    Human Dignity Foundation (HDF) is a private, Swiss foundation established in 2004 and governed by a Board of Directors. The foundation has a limited lifespan and will end its grantmaking in...

  • Dubai Cares

    Implementing NGO
    United Arab Emirates | Staff size: Unknown

    Dubai Cares is a UAE-based philanthropic establishment launched in September 2007, which aims to improve children’s access to quality primary education in developing countries. Dubai...

  • Intel Corporation

    Service Providers, Goods Supplier
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    Intel Corporation is an American multinational semiconductor chip maker corporation headquartered in Santa Clara, California. Intel is the world's largest and highest valued semiconductor chip...

  • Comic Relief

    Advocacy NGO, Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    Comic Relief is a major charity based in the UK, with a vision of a just world, free from poverty.

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Key Information

LocationEastern Africa, South Asia, West Africa, Congo, The Democratic Republic of, India, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda
  • Start Date 2012
ValueUSD 28 Million