Monthly Archives: February 2015

International Benchmarking and Measuring the Quality of Learning

By NORRAG. Current post-2015 proposals for universal goals, targets and indicators, and the mushrooming of global initiatives, meetings and reports, suggest a shift of focus away from developing country contexts and towards a global framework of development. One of the … Continue reading

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Education as a Stronghold? The Ambiguous Connections between Education, Resilience and Peacebuilding

By Mieke T.A. Lopes Cardozo, University of Amsterdam. The resilience-hype: the new kid on the education-in-emergencies block In a NORRAG NEWSBite blog-post Roger Dale (2014) convincingly argued how “without theory, there are only opinions”, in response to the seemingly unquestioned … Continue reading

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The Global Partnership for Education and the Evolution of Engagement in Contexts of Conflict and Fragility

By Francine Menashy, University of Massachusetts Boston and Sarah Dryden-Peterson, Harvard Graduate School of Education. Official Development Assistance has historically focused on “good performers.” With evidence that aid works better in countries with stronger institutions and more effective policy regimes, … Continue reading

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Learning in Africa’s Informal Economies, 1965-2015

By Robert Palmer, NORRAG. 50 years ago, in 1965, a young doctoral student called Keith Hart arrived in Ghana to begin his fieldwork exploring the informal economic activities of the northern Frafra migrants in a poor area of the capital, … Continue reading

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Global and Asian Perspectives on the Post-2015 Discussion

By Shoko Yamada, Nagoya University, Japan. On January 26th 2015 there was an international symposium entitled “Critical Perspectives on Education and Skills in the Emerging Post-2015 Development Agenda” which was hosted by the Graduate School of International Development, Nagoya University, … Continue reading

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ASER 2014: Engaging Citizens to Measure Learning Outcomes and Spark Change in Pakistan

By Sehar Saeed, Annual Status of Education Report (ASER), Pakistan. Over the past fifteen years, thanks in large part to the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) on universal primary education, major advances have been made in enrolling millions of children worldwide. … Continue reading

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