All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development – Program Research & Generating Insights for Scale-Up


Launched in 2011, All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development (ACR GCD) is a joint-partnership between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), World Vision, and the Australian Government. The initiative is an ongoing series of grant and prize competitions that leverage science and technology to source, test, and disseminate scalable solutions to improve literacy skills of early grade learners in developing countries. ACR GCD Round 2 has provided ICT-focused grants to 12 organizations in 10 countries. Grantees’ projects focus on improving children’s literacy skills in a variety of ways, from providing children who have low vision or are blind in India with human-narrated audio books, to giving families in Mali immediate access to digital reading resources and local libraries, and developing multi-modal presentations to encourage children’s oral language skills in Cambodia. School-to-School International provides monitoring, evaluation and research support to ACR GCD Round 2 grantees, promoting high-quality interventions that can be adjusted during project implementation to produce the greatest impact.