Alternative Education in DRC: A Path to Reach Out-of-School Children and Youth

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775 million children and youth in 35 conflict-affected countries are left behind in the global drive towards Education for All. The human, social, and economic costs are staggering, not least since these young people are at risk for recruitment into gangs and insurgent militias, and for girls, early forced marriages and sexual trafficking.

The global initiative Education Cannot Wait is based on the recognition that assuring education for these children and youth requires a shift in approaches to provide a path back into education for those excluded as a consequence of crisis and conflict. Read more  »

Emergent Theories of Change

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The complex contexts for the work of those engaged in Education in Crisis-and-Conflict-Affected Environments (EiCC) call for innovative approaches to the design, management, and evaluation of projects seeking to increase equitable access to education.

ECCN has produced the study An Analysis of Theories of Change in USAID Solicitations for EiCC, which examines USAID EiCC project designs, using the lens of planned and emergent theories of change, Read more  »

Accelerated Education Programs Literature Review and Brief

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USAID, with NORC at the University of Chicago, has produced an important new study,  Accelerated Education Programs in Crisis and Conflict: Building Evidence and Learning.  This thorough literature review provides insight into a critical global issue: As of 2013, almost 50 million primary- and lower- secondary-school-aged children have been deprived of an education through the impact of crisis and/or conflict.

Accelerated Education Programs (AEPs) provide a key strategy for children and youth to gain access to basic education that is otherwise denied to them. Read more  »

INEE’s Journal of Education in Emergencies – Interviews with the Authors of Edition 1


The Journal on Education in Emergencies (JEiE) publishes groundbreaking and outstanding scholarly and practitioner work on education in emergencies (EiE), defined broadly as quality learning opportunities for all ages in situations of crisis, including early childhood development, primary, secondary, non-formal, technical, vocation, higher and adult education.

ECCN, in partnership with INEE’s Journal of Education on Emergencies, conducted a series of webcast interviews with the authors of JEiE’s first edition. Read more  »

Evidence Gap Maps

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Here you will find USAID ECCN’s Evidence Gap Maps, an approach to our objective to build evidence and capacity to increase equitable access to education in crisis and conflict-affected environments. These two maps focus on Safer Learning Environments (SLE); specifically a) Internal Threats (focusing on school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) as a distinct type of threat that exists only within a school and as a result of peer-to-peer and teacher-to-student dynamics, all of which are ultimately linked to gender); b) External Threats (including gang violence and education under attack).  Read more »

Analysis of Indicators Used in USAID Education Projects in Crisis and Conflict Environments

PMP Indicator Analysis

Since 2011, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has been working with partners to increase equitable access to education for learners living in conflict and crisis-affected environments (USAID Education Strategy, February 2011 Goal 3). The following document provides an analysis of the indicators used in Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Plans (PMEPs) from 25 USAID Education projects implemented in 16 countries between 2007 and 2018. Read more »

Learning for Peace Programme (2012-2016)

Learning for Peace

In its effort to share knowledge among the education in conflict and crisis community, USAID ECCN is pleased to host resources developed under UNICEF’s Learning for Peace Programme (2012-2016). The Learning for Peace Programme is a partnership between UNICEF, the Government of the Netherlands, the national governments of 14 participating countries and other key supporters. Read more »

Rapid Education and Risk Analysis


In late 2015, a Rapid Education Risk Analysis (RERA) was conducted in Gao, Mali by the USAID-funded Education Recovery Support Act project. The purpose of this RERA was to analyze the effects of the crisis on the lives of the population, the school system and the security situation in order to define the project’s implementation strategies for the region.  Read more »

USAID ECCN Year-2 Work Plan

Areas of Focus

USAID ECCN work for year 2 is detailed here by theme. Read more »

5 Top Reads on Feedback Loops

Putting communities at the heart of learning

Incorporating feedback into your programming doesn’t have to be arduous or near-impossibly complex. We have gathered five quick and digestible links about feedback systems in developing countries.  Read more »

Nigeria Field Workshop Resources

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USAID ECCN hosted a Field Workshop in Abuja, Nigeria, on September 14-16, 2015, titled Adapting and Improving Education Programs in Conflict-Affected Environments—Northern Nigeria. We have collected the workshop materials here for you. Read more »

USAID Resources Related to Education in Crisis and Conflict

  • USAID Education Strategy, 2011 – 2015 (PDF)
  • USAID Goal 3 Strategy (PDF)
  • State of the Field Reports
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USAID Guides and Tools for Education in Crisis and Conflict

  • Rapid Education Risk Analysis (RERA) Tool (PDF)
  • Integrating Conflict and Fragility Analysis into the Education System Analysis Guidelines (PDF)
  • Literacy in Conflict-and-Crisis-Affected Contexts: Guidance Note (PDF)
  • Guide to Education in Natural Disasters: How USAID Supports Education in Crisis (PDF)
  • A Rapid Needs Assessment Guide: For Education in Countries Affected by Crisis and Conflict (PDF)
  • Theories and Indicators of Change: Concepts and Primers for Conflict Management and Mitigation (PDF)
  • Checklist for Conflict Sensitivity in Education Programs (PDF)
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USAID ECCN-Related Resources

  • USAID ECCN Support Team Bios (PDF)
  • USAID ECCN Steering Group Bios (PDF)
  • USAID ECCN Planning Committee (PDF)
  • USAID ECCN Survey Results (PDF)
  • USAID ECCN Presentation by Andrew Blum (PDF)
  • USAID ECCN Presentation by Clare Lockhart (PDF)
  • Results from Session on Establishing the USAID ECCN COP (PDF)
  • Video of USAID ECCN Launch:
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Useful USAID Links

You will find here links to other initiatives and organizations that are pertinent to education in conflict and crisis. USAID ECCN welcomes suggestions for additional links. Please contact with your suggestions.

USAID Education Communities of Practice

  • Global Reading Network
  • Workforce Connections

Useful USAID links

  • USAID homepage
  • USAID Education
  • USAID Education,
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Organizations Working in EiCC

  • Alliance for Peace-building
  • Brookings, Center for Universal Education
  • Education Above All
  • Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack
  • Global Education Cluster
  • Global Partnership for Education
  • Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies
  • NORC at the University of Chicago
  • Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation
  • Office of the UN Special Envoy for Global Education
  • United States Institute for Peace
  • World Bank Education Resilience Approaches,,contentMDK:21909986~menuPK:5513979~pagePK:148956~piPK:216618~theSitePK:282386,00.html


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