SPHEIR includes projects that have an explicit focus on supporting greater access and inclusion in higher education, such as targeting financially disadvantaged students, and those from refugee communities.  All projects have involved efforts to address gender and other aspects of inclusion, including providing a platform for female leadership, and adapting the content and delivery of academic programmes and student support services to make these more gender responsive.


  • Carmody, S., March 2022, Reflections on SPHEIR’s approach to promoting gender equality and social inclusion in and through higher education. Read the paper.
  • INASP, November 20211, TESCEA, Gender-responsive teaching improves learning outcomes for both women and men. Read the brief.
  • Chapin, J., Warne, V., INASP, October 2020, TESCEA, Gender Responsive Pedagogy in Higher Education: a framework. Download the framework.
  • Chapin, J., Skovgaard, M., Warne, V., INASP, October 2020, TESCEA, Integrating Gender ResponsivePedagogy into Higher Education: Our approach. Download the resource.
  • TripleLine, March 2021, PEDAL, Eight attributes of female leadership transforming social science pedagogy in higher education institutions across Africa. Download the case study.

Blogs and articles

  • SPHEIR Projects Sierra Leone, March 2021, AQHE-SL, Gender equity: helping all students benefit from higher education changes. Read the blog.
  • Chapin, J., INASP, Februrary 2021, TESCEA, Untangling the impact of gender in the ‘hidden curriculum’. Read the blog.
  • Hu, Daniella, ACU, November 2020, PEBL, Making digital higher education a reality for all. Read the article.
  • Skovgaard, M., INASP, September 2020, TESCEA, How to make university classes more gender responsive. Read the blog.
  • SPHEIR Team, July 2020, LEAP, Inclusive higher education in Sub Saharan Africa. Read the blog.
  • Skovgaard, M., INASP, December 2019, TESCEA, Gender-responsive pedagogy in higher education: How we are approaching it in TESCEA. Read the blog.
  • Tenywa Malagala, A., Gulu University, May 2019, TESCEA, How to bring gender-responsive pedagogy into course redesign in higher education. Read the blog.
  • Buchner, T.,  INASP, November 2019, TESCEA, Transferring skills and knowledge for scale-up and sustainability. Read the blog.
  • Di Silvio, J Peeters, L, SPHEIR, LEAP, September 2019, Widening access to higher education through affordable finance. Read the blog.
  • Chapin, J., INASP, April 2019, TESCEA, Gender responsive programming: the global gender gap in the context of East African higher education. Read the blog.
  • Tenywa Malagala, A., Gulu University, May 2019, TESCEA, How to bring gender-responsive pedagogy into course redesign in higher education. Read the blog.

Videos and webinars 

  • INASP, April 2021, TESCEA, Gender Responsive Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Watch the webinar.
  • INASP, December 2019, TESCEA, Multipliers in the TESCEA partnership. Watch the video.
  • Monko, G., University of Dodoma, November 2019, TESCEA, Gloriana Monko discusses curriculum redesign and the role of "multipliers" in the TESCEA partnershipWatch the video.