Learning for All Initiative

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J-PAL's Learning for All Initiative (LAI) supports randomized evaluations and scale-focused projects that aim to improve student learning outcomes by addressing foundational literacy and numeracy, pedagogy, holistic skills, and barriers to equity and inclusion, particularly for girls.

Pre-pandemic, more than half of children in low- and middle-income countries were unable to read a simple story by age 10. In the poorest countries, this figure was as high as 80 percent. School closures, which affected over one billion children during the pandemic, have exacerbated low learning and inequity in education systems. In response to the current crisis in education and an increasing demand for actionable evidence, LAI conducts research in key open areas related to foundational literacy and numeracy, and holistic skills and summarizes lessons for policymakers to incorporate into their decisions. LAI aims to improve global learning outcomes by identifying the next generation of promising evidence-based approaches that can be tested, replicated, and adapted by policymakers to their local contexts. In addition to evaluating new innovations, the Initiative also funds evidence-based interventions at a larger scale and in new contexts in order to better understand their generalizability, mechanisms of change, and pathways to scale.

Key Facts

J-PAL Global
  • Research RFP: Open
J-PAL affiliates, post-doctoral fellows, invited researchers, or a J-PAL or IPA office working in collaboration with a J-PAL affiliate or invited researcher. See RFP materials for full eligibility requirements.

Initiative Staff

Anushka Bansal - Senior Policy Associate, J-PAL Global

Madeline Brancel - Policy Manager, J-PAL Global

Nicah Santos - Senior Policy Associate, J-PAL Global

Carlos Solorzano - Grant Manager, Senior Finance and Operations Associate, J-PAL Global

Demitria Wack - Initiative Manager, Senior Policy Associate, J-PAL Global 

Jessica Williams - Policy Associate, J-PAL Global


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For Researchers

Request for Proposals

LAI's second funding round is open. Please visit our RFP page for full information and instructions on how to apply for future rounds. 

Foundations of Learning Initiative

J-PAL’s Foundations of Learning (FoL) Initiative invites teams of cognitive psychologists and J-PAL affiliates to apply for funds to develop and test innovative solutions to improve learning for children in low- and middle-income countries. This includes funding for lab work, pilots and full randomized evaluations.


Cultivating Curiosity in Science Education: Lessons from a Teacher Training Program

Location: Sant Kabir Nagar in the state of Uttar Pradesh

Using Large Language Models to Scale Up Teacher Guides

Location: Kanungu District in South - Western Uganda

Providing Remote Education to Afghan Girls

Location: Kandahar, Mazar, Jalabad, and Kabul

Shaping Minds: The Transformative Effects of Theater-Based Learning

Location: Champawat in the state of Uttarakhand

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