About the country selection process
In the initial phases of the RISE programme, the research team at the Center for Global Development set out to identify guidelines and criteria for prospective researchers. This research was the first step in enabling the Directorate to narrow down the geographic focus of the RISE research program. It contributed to an extensive process that aims to ensure that research undertaken in the programme will provide the best opportunities for understanding and determining what many countries around the world can learn about effective education systems reform, and what needs to happen at the system level to improve learning outcomes in low-performing countries.
As this is a research endeavor (not an operation or project), the country selection criteria are framed by what makes a country promising as a participant in a research project and hence may differ from prioritization on other operational criteria. Full details about the selection process and criteria of assessment are published in the background document, Country Selection Process: Criteria for Feasibility Analysis.