State of the field report: examining the evidence in youth education in crisis and conflict

Author: Christina Olenik and Ama Takyi-Laryea
Year: 2013
Agency: USAID
Full Citation: Olenik, C., & Takyi-Laryea, A. (2013). State of The Field Report: Examining the Evidence in Youth Education in Crisis and Conflict. USAID Youth Research, Evaluation, and Learning Project. (Final Report). Washington, DC: USAID
Research Category:
  • Secondary Research
    • Meta-evaluation
Category/Categories:
  • Understand and Strive for Equity
    • Accelerated/Alternative Education Programming
Target Population(s): Youth
Overview: This paper is based on a literature review of 33 studies that were published between 2001 and 2012 on the topics of youth education in crisis- and conflict-affected environments; formal, non-formal, and informal education; school-to-work transition; peace-building and conflict resolution; youth engagement, participation, and empowerment; and workforce development and livelihoods. Information compiled from 9 interviews with key thought leaders in the field of youth education in conflict environments, consultations with USAID staff experts as well as other policy makers and practitioners, and a desk review of 14 major donor organizations that support this field is also included. Youth education in crisis- and conflict-affected environments is a relatively new field, and publicly available research on this topic is limited. A literature sample was built through web searches (including journal article search engines), bibliography scanning, and word of mouth. The large majority of the studies in the literature review focus on projects that provide youth in these contexts with learning interventions aimed at helping them achieve positive developmental outcomes. The holistic and comprehensive nature of interventions used is an indication of the varying needs of youth in crisis- and conflict- affected environments. (p. 1)

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