Webcast: What is the Role of Affordable Non-State Schools in Crisis and Conflict Contexts?
May 22 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Between 2000 and 2014, the number of educational institutions affected by conflict increased 17-fold. In 2016, over 109 million children were living in fragile settings. In these settings, a government’s ability to provide education can be severely hampered and affordable non-state schools can respond to the unmet demand for education. Although there is significant research on both non-state education and education in crisis and conflict-affected countries, little has been written about their intersection.
On May 22, at 10:00 a.m. (EST), Results for Development (R4D) presented findings from a new report that explores the role of affordable non-state schools in crisis and conflict contexts. Panelists, featuring development practitioners from Results for Development (R4D), Education Development Center (EDC), and USAID, presented findings from El Salvador and Kaduna State, Nigeria, and led a discussion on the role that governments and donors could play to support non-state education providers in crisis and conflict contexts.
Affordable non-state schools are defined in this research as formal and non-formal educational institutions that are owned or operated by non-state entities such as private citizens, faith-based organizations, or NGOs, and that target lower-income or marginalized populations.
The subject of non-state education is contentious, and more so when considered in crisis and conflict contexts. The purpose of this webcast was not to advocate for non-state providers but to explore potential contributions (negative and positive) that non-state schools can have on education outcomes in crisis and conflict-affected contexts.
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Read a blog post by the presenters: Can Non-State Schools Provide Educational Services in Times of Crisis and Conflict?
Webcast Questions and Answers
Suezan Lee is a senior education finance specialist at USAID’s Economic Growth, Education, and Environment Bureau, in the Office of Education. She provides strategic education finance guidance, specifically with regard to public-private partnerships, work with non-state actors, public financial management, and innovative financing mechanisms. She has also served as the deputy basic education team leader and chairperson of the USAID 2009–2011 Education Strategy Committee. Lee holds a doctorate in international education from Boston University and an MBA with a concentration in finance from American University.
Robert Francis is a senior program associate on the education team at Results for Development (R4D). He studies non-state schools in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa with an eye to accumulating and analyzing data that can provide guidance for investments in future initiatives for children who lack access to quality schools. Francis previously worked for AidData, where he conducted a field study to determine factors that motivate transparent behavior in Indian NGOs. Francis holds a BA in political science from Brigham Young University.
Nicholas Burnett is a senior fellow at Results for Development (R4D), a Special Professor of International Education at Nottingham University, chair of the Board of UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning, and a member of the NORRAG Consultative Committee. Burnett’s work focuses on pragmatic and innovative approaches to important but neglected topics in education, including out-of-school children, adult illiteracy, and financing for early childhood development programs. He has a BA in economics from Oxford University and an MA and a PhD from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.
Arjun Upadhyay is an education specialist at Results for Development (R4D) with over seven years of experience working on education sector analysis and reform in Africa and Asia. As a program officer, he led projects on international education finance, early childhood development costing and expenditure analysis, and research on low-fee private schools. Upadhyay has a master’s degree in international development from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a BA in international relations and economics from the College of Wooster.