USAID has released the new Education in Crisis and Conflict Learning Agenda. The agenda is comprised of five priority questions  in the education in crisis and conflict field and was informed by extensive consultations with USAID colleagues and outside experts.

The five areas of research are:

  • humanitarian and development coherence,
  • student well-being,
  • equity,
  • data monitoring and evaluation, and
  • strengthening institutional capacity

To address the research questions posed in the learning agenda, the USAID Education office, supported by ECCN, will organize and disseminate existing data, generate new evidence, and produce conclusions and recommendations through academic research, situational analyses, literature reviews, case studies, peer to peer learning, program and impact evaluations and multi-method tests of the theory of change that guides EICC programming.

Throughout 2018, the USAID EICC team will focus on collaborating with USAID Mission staff and partners to move forward learning activities related to these questions, with the goal of developing learning products that are utilized by staff and partners in program design, implementation and strategic planning processes. Taken as a whole, this new wave of inquiry aims to improve the quality and impact of USAID education programs and technical assistance as well as enhance the shared understanding of what works to improve education in crisis and conflict contexts.

ECCN encourages those who might be doing work that address any areas of this learning agenda to get in touch by sending an email to subject line: Learning Agenda.

We hope this agenda can result in a collective effort to generate learning that can benefit us all.

Recent News Items

USAID/Africa Bureau and Office of Education is looking for a consultation team

USAID/Africa Bureau and Office of Education is looking for a consultation team to do the following:

  1. Describe and synthesize how education serves as a resilience capacity and a sustained pathway out of poverty in sub-Saharan Africa.
  2. Describe and synthesize how other types of resilience capacities improve education outcomes at the individual/household or systems level.
  3. Explore how trends or findings differ in conflict-affected countries.
  4. Discuss policy implications for USAID programming, including the journey to self-reliance, in a way that can be leveraged by Resilience Focus Countries.

This work should leverage existing, publicly available data sets that provide panel data or nationally or sub-nationally representative data at the household or individual level that can allow for comparisons over time. The data sets can be unique to a country or used internationally or regionally. Data sets leveraged can come from a wide variety of sectors beyond education. The geographic focus should remain on sub-Saharan Africa, with emphasis on specific countries to be determined in consultation with USAID. In addition to leveraging existing data sets for synthetic purposes, consultants should review existing education and resilience data and programmatic or evaluation reports from countries in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as relevant education and resilience policies to supplement findings or trends in the synthetic review and support the discussion of policy implications. Finally, consultants should also propose 1-3 country specific reports that may involve primary data collection, such as key informant interviews of stakeholders or life history interviews with beneficiaries of programs. These country specific reports should be outlined, budgeted, and incorporated in the workplan, but ultimately are dependent on Mission concurrence.

To learn more, please click here.

Seminar: How Do Peace and Conflict Affect Social Cohesion?

Mokoro, the UK-based international development consultancy, will hold a seminar about education in emergencies that focuses on how peace and conflict affect social cohesion. The seminar will take place on June 21, in Oxford, and will bring together a varied group of practitioners and researchers who will discuss case studies and consider broader developments in the field.

For more details about the seminar, please see this website. To register, click here. If you have any questions, contact Liam Bluer.

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