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Refugees in Germany – A Quest for Social Cohesion

Another year has come to a close, and within the EiCC community, we are well aware of the 65 million displaced people around the world who are still in search of a safe home that will allow them to pursue fulfilling lives. A couple of months ago, ECCN hosted a roundtable on urban refugee education and the key takeaways are available here. Conversations from that event lingered in my mind during my recent trip to Germany last month, Read more  »

Posted in Community of Practice, Displaced Populations, Understand and Strive for Equity

Highlights from the mEducation Alliance Symposium 2016

The 6th annual mEducation Alliance Symposium took place in Washington, DC in October and members of USAID ECCN joined dozens of others to learn and engage with innovations that have evidence of promising impact along focal tracks, such as: Crisis, Refugees, and Conflict, Education System Strengthening, and Youth and Workforce. Read more »

Posted in Community of Practice, Cross-Cutting and Management Activities

The New Global Agenda is Here: Are We Ready?

Historic change has happened at the global policy level that will have a profound impact on how we work.

In little over a year, world leaders have come together and agreed to the High Level Meeting on Refugees and Migrants, World Humanitarian Summit Commitments to Action, Paris Agreement on Climate Change, Security Council Resolution on Youth, Peace and Security, Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, and the Sustainable Development Goals. Read more  »

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USAID ECCN Attends Dubai Cares and INEE Event at UNGA

USAID ECCN Support Team members attended several events surrounding the UN General Assembly (UNGA) meeting in New York this week. Below, USAID ECCNs new Senior Researcher Colette Chabbott details her experience at the Dubai Cares and INEE event on September 20, 2016.

Despite a very early morning start, attendance was encouraging and energy was evident at the launch of a new $10 million E3 research initiative,  Read more  »

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Making Gender Equity a Reality in Somalia

Gender mainstreaming is an approach that seeks to identify the distinct roles, needs and opportunities of different gender and age groups and to put strategies in place that will ensure equitable access to services and close opportunity gaps. In Somalia, there are profound disparities between the sexes that start early in life and in this context gender mainstreaming is a critical step toward equity and getting girls to school. Somalia is not an easy place to be female. Read more  »

Posted in Community of Practice, Understand and Strive for Equity

Conflict Sensitive Psychosocial Approaches to Education in South Sudan

Most education service delivery in conflict- and crisis-prone areas takes place in contexts where education is already in a state of crisis. The reality of people’s lives in many places is that they are either already in a crisis situation, emerging from one or entering one. These complex social and economic dynamics at community, national and regional levels often negatively impact the delivery of essential services, including education. Despite the signing of a comprehensive peace agreement, Read more  »

Posted in Community of Practice, Make Learning Safer

The Refugee Crises in Africa and Europe: We Are All in It Together

I grew up in Germany, in a village outside Stuttgart. It’s a pretty traditional area where most people know each other and most speak Swabian, a German dialect that is almost impossible to understand for the un-indoctrinated.

I’m back home for a visit and we’re watching the evening news as we’ve always done. Today’s events: another 40 people died crossing the Mediterranean – amongst them 17 children. 10,000 refugee minors are declared missing. Read more  »

Posted in Community of Practice, Displaced Populations, Understand and Strive for Equity

Making Meaning Together

As we embark on developing the USAID ECCN community of practice, I keep coming back to the phrase: “making meaning together.” For me, this phrase captures the essence of a successful community of practice. It focuses on action (‘making’) and substance (‘meaning’). It underscores the inherently social nature of learning (‘together’).

Lave and Wenger, who first popularized the term ‘community of practice’, Read more  »

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