Pakistan—Education Voice and Accountability Fund (Ilm Ideas)

Client: U.K. Department for International Development

Duration: 2012-2015

Region: Asia and the Pacific

Country: Pakistan

Solutions: Governance

We implemented the Education Innovation and Voice and Accountability Fund (Ilm Ideas) for Pakistan from 2012 to 2015 to improve access to quality education in Pakistan by strengthening accountability and transparency mechanisms in the public and private education sectors. DAI piloted classroom interventions; scaled up and supported the uptake of evidence-based practices through public and private sector funding. The programme also supported innovative tools that promoted policy formulation and reform and raised the quality of education in mainstream schools for children with disabilities in Punjab. Ilm Ideas contributed to increased enrollment rates and retention, improved learning outcomes, enhanced parent and student satisfaction, and better education governance.

Sample Activities

  • Support research and advocacy initiatives to foster greater public demand for accountability and transparency in the education sector.
  • Provide seed money for creative pilot projects to address education challenges, and larger grants to take successful innovations to scale.

Select Results

  • Nearly 74,600 students (50 percent girls) benefited from Ilm Ideas activities.
  • Trained more than 2,000 teachers in the use of technology to enhance learning.
  • Helped to enroll 15,000 children in schools across Pakistan.


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