UK organisations

The British Association for Literacy in Development –  a non-governmental organisation (NGO) promoting adult and family literacy and numeracy as a basic human right, in the context of development.

The British Council – The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.

University Council of General and Applied Linguistics – an organisation which provides a unified voice on public policy matters for linguistics within the UK higher education community.

British Association for Applied Linguistics – a professional association based in the UK, which provides a forum for people interested in language and applied linguistics.  Our Language in Africa group is a Special Interest Group within BAAL.

Linguistics Association of Great Britain – a professional association for academic linguists in Great Britain.

The Committee for Linguistics in Education – a joint committee of the Linguistics Association of Great Britain and the British Association for Applied Linguistics.

Centre for languages, linguistics and area studies – a research and enterprise group specialising in educational projects and professional development in the area of languages and related studies.

Education Development Trust – an international non-profit provider of education services.

Department for International Development – a ministerial department which leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty.

African Organisations and Projects

The Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa – an independent research and development unit affiliated with the University of Cape Town.

Nal’ibali –  a national reading-for-enjoyment campaign to spark children’s potential through storytelling and reading in South Africa.

Association of African Universities – the apex organization and forum for consultation, exchange of information and co-operation among institutions of higher education in Africa.

ReNAfrica – a research network promoting literacy and applied linguistics among scholars with an interest in Africa and the African diaspora.

African Academy of Languages – a specialised institution of the African Union, entrusted with the task of working with the member states of the Union towards creating linguistic equity in Africa so that African languages are used in all domains of society in partnership with the former colonial languages.

Association for the Development of Education in Africa– a forum for policy dialogue on education policies and a partnership between African education and training ministries in Africa and their technical and funding partners.

Centre for Advanced Studies of African Society – a Pan-African centre for creating research networks in Africa and its Diaspora.

African Storybook – an interactive digital resource of stories to up- and download, translate and adapt.

Language of Instruction in Tanzania and South Africa – a project which focuses on  learning in classrooms being taught through a familiar language versus learning taking place in English.

Mango Tree North Uganda Literacy Project – a program working to improve literacy performance among pupils in early primary classrooms (P1-P3) and strengthen the literacy infrastructure in northern Uganda.

International Organisations

International Association of Applied Linguistics – an international federation of national and regional associations of Applied Linguistics.

Comité International Permanent des Linguistes / Permament International Committee of Linguists – an international organization founded to assist in the development of linguistic science.

International Literacy Association – A global advocacy and membership organization that transforms lives through literacy across 75 countries.

The Mother Tongue-Based Multilingual Education Network – an association of individuals and agencies which believe that all children have the right to receive a quality education in a linguistically and culturally appropriate environment.

World Oral Literature Project – an initiative to document and make accessible endangered oral literatures.

UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning – It is a non-profit international research, training, information, documentation and publishing centre on literacy, non-formal education, adult and lifelong learning.


Ethnologue – a comprehensive reference volume that catalogues all the known living languages in the world today.

The World Atlas of Language Structures – a large database of structural (phonological, grammatical, lexical) properties of languages gathered from descriptive materials.

Linguistic Bibliography Online – a comprehensive research tool published by the Permanent International Committee of Linguists under the auspices of the International Council of Philosophy and Humanistic Studies of UNESCO.

News and Blogs

All Africa – Online news source.

The Conversation Africa – Provides news and views from the academic and research community.

Maneno Matamu – A blog which acts as a platform for African poets and writers to showcase their work.