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Equality in Educational Materials – USAID Guide also Applicable for EiCC

Teaching and learning materials have a powerful impact on children because the images and language they contain can influence a child’s understanding of the world—and themselves. Especially in environments that are prone to conflict and crisis, those materials can have a compounding effect and help mitigate or contribute to conflict in the society.  In support of the goal to promote inclusivity and equality in teaching and learning materials, the U.S. Read more  »

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Armed conflict and education inequality: What do we know?

To learn more and engage on this topic, join us for a webcast on September 8.

What do Ethiopia, Nepal, the Philippines, and Niger have in common? Each country had episodes of conflict in the 1990s, and each bucked the global trend of declining education inequalities in a subsequent time period. Researchers have long puzzled over the relationship between inequality and civil conflict; do grievances over a lack of access to resources or social capital actually lead people to go to war? Read more  »

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Urban Refugee Education Roundtable: Shaping an Agenda for Research, Policy and Practice

Now available: The Summary Report of the Event.

The Urban Refugee Education Roundtable brought together diverse actors from the United Nations, non-governmental organizations, universities, donor agencies and other interested stakeholders both to critically reflect on what we know and don’t know about urban refugee education and to help shape a collaborative agenda for research, policy and practice.

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Webcast: Is there a link between conflict and education inequality? New evidence from quasi-experimental research

This USAID ECCN-sponsored webcast introduced the findings of a recent research project by FHI 360, based on decades of education and conflict data. In addition to presenting the findings, the webcast particularly focused on the data and research methods used for the study, and facilitated a discussion on its implications for further research on education equity and conflict. Participants in this webcast learned about ways to become involved in the Education Equity Research Initiative’s Working Group on Conflict and Fragility, 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

Adolescent development and the regulation of youth crime

Author: Elizabeth S. Scott and Laurence Steinberg
Full Citation: Scott, E. S. & Steinberg, L. (2008). Adolescent Development and the Regulation of Youth Crime. The Future of Children 18(2), pp: 15-33.
Resource Type:
  • Conceptual Review
Topic(s):
  • Make Learning Safer
    • Gang violence/organized violence
  • Understand and Strive for Equity
    • Policy Around Equity
Posted in Gang violence/organized violence, Make Learning Safer, Policy Around Equity, Understand and Strive for Equity

Bringing education to Afghan girls: a randomized controlled trial of village-based schools

Author: Dana Burde Leigh L. Linden
Full Citation: Burde, D., & Linden, L. L. (2013). Bringing education to Afghan girls: a randomized controlled trial of village-based schools. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics(3), pp: 27-40.
Resource Type:
  • Research
Topic(s):
  • Make Learning Safer
    • Conflict-Affected Areas
  • Understand and Strive for Equity
    • Community Schools / Distance or Virtual Education
Location(s):
  • Asia
    • Afghanistan
Posted in Community Schools / Distance or Virtual Education, Conflict-Affected Areas, Make Learning Safer, Understand and Strive for Equity

Webcast on Accelerated Education

USAID ECCN, in partnership with the Inter-Agency Accelerated Education Working Group (AEWG),  hosted a webcast on June 9, offering a first preview of the AEWG’s Accelerated Education pocket guide, which features 10 key principles of Accelerated Education. Presenters covered the development, importance, and potential application of the Accelerated Education pocket guide and an overview of the 10 principles to guide development and implementation of Accelerated Education programming.

AEWG Resources

Please note that the pocket guide is a beta version and is being field tested. Read more  »

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Rethinking approaches to managing change in fragile states

Author: Frauke de Weijer
Full Citation: de Weijer, F. (2012). Rethinking approaches to managing change in fragile states. (Working Papers, 58). Cambridge, MA: Center for International Development, Harvard University.
Resource Type:
  • Conceptual Review
Topic(s):
  • Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs
    • Adaptive Management
  • Understand and Strive for Equity
    • Policy Around Equity
Posted in Adaptive Management, Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs, Policy Around Equity, Understand and Strive for Equity

Adapting development, improving services to the poor

Author: Leni Wild, David Booth, Clare Cummings, Marta Foresti, and Joseph Wales
Full Citation: Wild, L., et al. (2015). Adapting development, Improving Services to the poor. London, UK: Overseas Development Institute
Resource Type:
  • Conceptual Review
  • Literature Review – Rigorous
Topic(s):
  • Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Theories of Change
  • Understand and Strive for Equity
Location(s):
  • Africa
  • Asia
Posted in Design, Implement, Research and Evaluate for Better EiCC Programs, Monitoring and Evaluation, Theories of Change, Understand and Strive for Equity

Literature review on the intersection of safe learning environments and educational achievement

Author: RTI International
Full Citation: RTI International. (2013). Literature review on the intersection of safe learning environments and educational achievement. Washington, D.C: USAID.
Resource Type:
  • Literature Review – Rigorous
Topic(s):
  • Make Learning Safer
    • SRGBV
  • Understand and Strive for Equity
Posted in Make Learning Safer, SRGBV, Understand and Strive for Equity

The good school toolkit for reducing physical violence from school staff to primary school students: a cluster-randomised controlled trial in Uganda

Author: Karen M Devries, Louise Knight, Jennifer C Child, Angel Mirembe, Janet Nakuti, Rebecca Jones, Joanna Sturgess, Elizabeth Allen, Nambusi Kyegombe, Jenny Parkes, Eddy Walakira, Diana Elbourne, Charlotte Watts, Dipak Naker
Full Citation: Devries, K. M., Knight, L., Child, J. C., Mirembe, A., Nakuti, J., Jones, R., … & Walakira, E. (2015). The good school toolkit for reducing physical violence from school staff to primary school students: a cluster-randomised controlled trial in Uganda. The Lancet Global Health, 3(7), pp: 378-e386.
Resource Type:
  • Research
Topic(s):
  • Make Learning Safer
    • SRGBV
  • Understand and Strive for Equity
Location(s):
  • Africa
    • Uganda
Posted in Make Learning Safer, SRGBV, Understand and Strive for Equity

Are schools safe and equal places for girls and boys in Asia? Research findings on school-related gender-based violence

Author: Nandita Bhatla, Pranita Achyut, Nizamuddin Khan, Sunayana Walia and Alessandra Tranquilli.
Full Citation: Bhatla, N., et al. (2015). Are schools safe and equal places for girls and boys in Asia? Research findings on school-related gender-based violence. Promoting Equality and Safety in Schools. Bangkok: Plan International and International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)  
Resource Type:
  • Research
Topic(s):
  • Make Learning Safer
    • SRGBV
  • Understand and Strive for Equity
Location(s):
  • Asia
    • Cambodia
    • Indonesia
    • Nepal
    • Pakistan
    • Vietnam
Posted in Make Learning Safer, SRGBV, Understand and Strive for Equity

Building support for gender equality among young adolescents in school: findings from Mumbai, India

Author: Pranita Achyut, Nandita Bhatla, Sujata Khandekar, Shubhada Maitra, and Ravi Kumar Verma
Full Citation: Achyut P., Bhatla N., Khandekar S., Maitra S. and Verma R.K. (2011). Building support for gender equality among young adolescents in school: findings from Mumbai India. New Delhi, India: International Center for Research on Women [ICRW], Gender Equity Movement in Schools [GEMS].  
Resource Type:
  • Research
Topic(s):
  • Make Learning Safer
    • SRGBV
  • Understand and Strive for Equity
Location(s):
  • Asia
    • India
Posted in Make Learning Safer, SRGBV, Understand and Strive for Equity

Transforming education for girls in Tanzania: endline research summary report

Author: ActionAid International
Full Citation: ActionAid International. (2012). Transforming education for girls in Tanzania: endline research summary report. Johannesburg, South Africa: Author
Resource Type:
  • Research
Topic(s):
  • Make Learning Safer
    • SRGBV
  • Understand and Strive for Equity
Location(s):
  • Africa
    • Tanzania
Posted in Make Learning Safer, SRGBV, Understand and Strive for Equity

Programme partnership agreement 2 / Building skills 4 life programme (Year 3 formative review, global report)

Author: Gwendolyn Heaner and Mandy Littlewood
Full Citation: Heaner, G. & Littlewood, M. (2014). Programme partnership agreement 2 (PPA2) /Building skills 4 life (BS4L) programme: Year 3 formative review (Y3FR). (Global report). London, England: Plan UK    
Resource Type:
  • Research
Topic(s):
  • Make Learning Safer
    • SRGBV
  • Understand and Strive for Equity
    • Community Schools / Distance or Virtual Education
Location(s):
  • Africa
    • Malawi
    • Mali
    • Rwanda
    • Sierra Leone
    • Zimbabwe
  • Asia
    • Cambodia
    • Pakistan
  • Latin America and The Caribbean
    • El Salvador
Posted in Community Schools / Distance or Virtual Education, Make Learning Safer, SRGBV, Understand and Strive for Equity

Stop violence against girls in school: a cross-country analysis of change in Ghana, Kenya and Mozambique

Author: Jenny Parkes and Jo Heslop
Full Citation: Parkes, J., & Heslop, J. (2013). Stop violence against girls in school: a cross-country analysis of change in Ghana, Kenya and Mozambique. South Africa: Actionaid International.
Resource Type:
  • Research
Topic(s):
  • Make Learning Safer
    • SRGBV
  • Understand and Strive for Equity
Location(s):
  • Africa
    • Ghana
    • Kenya
    • Mozambique
Posted in Make Learning Safer, SRGBV, Understand and Strive for Equity

How Do We Promote Equity in Education? A New Research Initiative

Rising inequality is one of the greatest challenges facing the global community today – and equity is rightly at the heart of the new development agenda, reflected in the Sustainable Development Goals and the Education 2030 Incheon Declaration. Nowhere is the challenge of equity more salient than in education, with its potential to positively shape life outcomes – or further exacerbate societal disparities.

How prepared are we in the education community to address this challenge? Read more  »

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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, Forced Displacement Education, Understand and Strive for Equity

The longue durée of Alternative Education in DRC

Several hours of gunfire would keep us awake that night but the evening was for good food and insight from the Catholic fathers. We were a small (five Congolese, one English) team commissioned by USAID ECCN to spend November 2015 in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to ‘gather, build, and consolidate evidence for the field’. We were looking at Alternative Education (AE), especially Accelerated Learning Programs (ALPs); Read more  »

Posted in Alternative Education: Livelihoods / Vocational Programming, Understand and Strive for Equity
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