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Research Initiatives

CODE’s Context Matters research initiative is an ongoing program of support for an African research agenda in language and literacy. We award grants annually.

Context Matters Research Grants

Research on literacy in general and reading in particular has been largely carried out in high-income countries and contexts, and then generalized to low-income countries and contexts. The Context Matters Research Grants initiative was established by CODE to help address this problematic knowledge flow from North to South and to support African Researchers as they take the lead in evidence-based literacy research. Our intent is to stimulate conversation, develop a research agenda, and support research which is clearly situated in local contexts and recognizes the multifaceted and complex relationships between the local and global in education. This means placing a high priority not only on the location of research but also on the need to engage local researchers.

To begin the conversation, CODE commissioned two landscape literature reviews and one policy analysis from Canadian Faculties of Education (University of British Columbia and McGill University). These papers were presented at the CODE Research Symposium that took place as part of the Pan-African Literacy for All Conference in Abuja, Nigeria (August 28-30, 2017). These papers, including Executive Summaries can be found here.

2018 Grant Award Recipients

Professor Hellen Inyega
University of Nairobi, Kenya
Research project:
Leveraging ICTs to Improve Sexual Health Literacies and Practices of University Students on Kenya.

Dr. Colomba Muriungi
Chuka University, Kenya
Research project:
A Gender Community Outreach Through Literacy Clubs Targeting Girls Living in Poverty-Stricken Areas in Tharaka North Sub County, Tharaka Nithi County in Kenya

Professor Mwangi Ndirangu
Egerton University, Kenya
Research Project:
Integrated Girls Literacy Empowerment Program (IGLEP)

Yewulsew Mehari
Debre Markos University, Ethiopia
Research project:
The Practice of Empowering Girls Through Gender Representation in Ethiopian Secondary School English Language Textbooks: The Case of Grade 9 and Grade 10.

CODE annually awards up to five research awards of CAD$ 10,000 each to increase the effectiveness, efficiency and salience of K-12 education programming in Africa.

Call for Proposals

The 2020 Call for Proposals opens soon! The deadline for submissions will be set in October 2019.

The Context Matters Research Grants are designed to support work by African scholars and researchers interested in addressing issues identified collaboratively and in consort with the African literacy community. It prioritizes funding of research initiated, designed and undertaken by local teams and seeks to strengthen the research capacity knowledge and recommendations of those who work in the African context. These Grants are designed to foster international partnerships and alliances that bolster Africa’s ability to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals in the areas of education and gender equality.

To apply

  1. Review the Call for Proposals and Guidelines (coming soon)
  2. Complete the Application Form (coming soon)
  3. Complete the Project Budget Template (coming soon)

For enquiries or to submit your application, please email:

Help to share this opportunity with others by downloading our poster. (coming soon)

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