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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.

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

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.

Once the 2020 grant applications have been selected they will be posted here and the successful candidates will be notified individually.

2019 Grant Award Recipients

Dr. Justus Bwonderi Aungo
Elimu Ya Kenya School – Altenburgerland, Mombasa, Kenya
Research project:
Voice for Space: Girl Empowerment Through Language Literacy and Use in Debating

Dr. Daniel Fussy 
Mkwawa University College of Education, Iringa, Tanzania
Research project:
Investigating Girls’ Literacy Practices In and Out of School in Rural Tanzania

Professor Elinami Swai, PhD.
Open University of Tanzania
Research Project:
Empowering Adolescent Girls Through Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights Programme in Shinyanga, Tanzania

Dr. Alberta Odofourkor Akrong
Mountcrest University College, Accra, Ghana
Research project:
Literacies for Abilities: Interrogating Pedagogy Empowerment Nexus Framework in School-Community Girls Clubs in Ghana

2018 Grant Research Papers

Associate Professor Hellen InyegaUniversity of Nairobi, Kenya
Professor Justus InyegaUniversity of Nairobi, Kenya
Kwamboka Oyaro – Multimedia University, Kenya
Research project:
Leveraging ICTs to Improve Sexual Health Literacies and Practices of University Students in Kenya


Professor Colomba Muriungi Chuka University, Kenya
Dr. Andima GeorgeKisii University, Kenya
Research project:
A Gender Community Outreach for Girls Living in Vulnerable Contexts: Experiences from School Literacy Clubs in Tharaka Nithi County, 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.

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