USAID, AusAID Seek Innovative Ways to Boost Childhood Literacy in Developing Countries

Got ideas on how to improve reading outcomes among early grade students in developing countries? The U.S. Agency for International Development and Australian Agency for International Development are inviting innovators across the globe to join their latest grant competition focused on promoting childhood literacy.

All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development” is a $20 million partnership between USAID, AusAID, World Vision USA and World Vision Australia that will be launched Friday (Nov. 18) in Washington D.C. It is the second in a series of funding mechanisms the United States is initializing in a bid to boost innovative solutions to global challenges.

The first in this series was the $50 million “Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development” launched in March. USAID and its partners for this grand challenge recently announced 19 nominees to receive seed grants of up to $250,000. USAID is expected to announce more funding mechanisms for innovative solutions in energy, water and agriculture in the coming months.

All Children Reading seeks to fund innovative solutions to two key barriers to childhood literacy: access to appropriate teaching and learning materials, and quality and accessibility of education data. It also aims to create a working group that will “promote dialogue and knowledge sharing focused on the use of mobile technology and mobile applications for reading.”

Details on the kind and value of grants the initiative will provide are expected to be unveiled during the launch in Washington. The event will be attended by USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, World Vision Senior Vice President of International Programs Kent Hill and USAID Assistant Administrator for Asia Nisha Biswal, among others.

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