Higher Education Situational analysis of FGM/C stakeholders and interventions in Somalia Affordability of Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) prevention
 
University Student, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile, 2014

Higher Education

Higher Education (HE) plays a major role in building a nation’s intellectual capital required for poverty reduction, sustainable development and positive engagement in the global knowledge economy. This topic guide aims to answer the questions, how can the capacity of HE systems and structures in LMICs best be built and how can effective partnerships be generated to best support the process. To answer these questions, the guide presents evidence of the critical role of HE for overall national development, examines the key policy issues and barriers to building capacity in HE in low income settings and reviews the evidence from a number of different innovations that have attempted to overcome these barriers. Read more >

A Somali woman holds a malnourished child, waiting for medical assistance, Somalia

Situational analysis of FGM/C stakeholders and interventions in Somalia

The overall aim of the Situational Analysis in Somalia is for government, donors and the UN to gain a greater understanding of existing interventions towards ending Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C), and to identify gaps so as to be able to strengthen the current interventions and inform future programming. There are two parts to the report: [...]Read more >

Health assessment during a demobilisation programme in Sudan

Affordability of Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) prevention

This helpdesk reviews key studies on multiple primary and secondary prevention strategies, cardio-vascular disease (CVD) prevention drugs, and cancer prevention and early detection, in order to determine what the evidence says about the affordability of managing NCDs in low income countries. One key document reviewed the WHO Global action plan for the prevention and control of [...]Read more >

Simon McGrath on skills and Technical Vocation Education and Training (TVET)

08 February 2016

Training for Youth

In this video, Simon McGrath from University of Nottingham, discusses the importance of skills and Technical Vocation Education and Training (TVET). Simon was the expert adviser for the DFID commissioned Skills Topic Guide, which focused on skills immediately necessary for employment and increased productivity. The guide explores the role of TVET skills, which are concerned [...]

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Categories: Adult, Higher and Vocational Education, Education0 Comments

Transforming Nutrition; Ideas, Policies and Outcomes 2016

08 February 2016

This 5 day course is designed for both policy makers and practitioners. The course will lead participants through new ways of thinking about undernutrition and what to do about it and provide a base from which they can develop their own future leadership for transformational change. “This course provides an excellent overview of global public [...]

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Exclusive breastfeeding and early initiation: target groups and influential messages

05 February 2016

This briefing outlines the findings from operations research on exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) and early initiation. The study supports refinement of the infant and young child feeding (IYCF) strategy implemented by the Working to Improve Nutrition in Northern Nigeria (WINNN) programme. Summary of key recommendations: Strengthen messages on the water content in breastmilk. Integrate the showcasing of healthy [...]

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Categories: Health, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, Nutrition0 Comments

Promoting women’s attendance at ANC: target groups and motivating messages

05 February 2016

This report outlines the main findings of ORIE operations research on promoting women’s use of antenatal care (ANC) services. The study supports refinement of the advocacy strategy for this, implemented by the Working to Improve Nutrition in Northern Nigeria (WINNN) programme. Summary of the key recommendations: Develop a targeted advocacy strategy for adolescent girls. Develop advocacy messages [...]

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Skills

28 January 2016

Woman using sewing machine

This topic guide is focused on skills immediately necessary for employment and increased productivity. It focuses on technical and vocational education and training (TVET) skills, which are concerned with the acquisition of knowledge and skills for the world of work. The importance and value of obtaining basic skills is recognised as a pre-requisite for higher order skills development. This document was written between July and December 2015 and includes evidence that was available at this time.

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Categories: Adult, Higher and Vocational Education, Curriculum, Learning and Teaching, Education0 Comments

Links between education and peace

25 January 2016

Education is a significant contributor to peace, and appears in two of the 24 indicators in the Positive Peace Index produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace. Education can lead to peace and be a part of ‘building back better’ by supporting the transformation of the security situation, political institutions, economic regeneration and social [...]

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Categories: Education, Helpdesk Reports, Violence, Conflict and Emergencies0 Comments

The political economy of education in conflict affected areas

22 January 2016

Schoolgirls in class, Sudan

Mario Novelli is a professor of the Political Economy of Education at the Centre for International Education, University of Sussex. Professor Novelli talks about a new rigorous literature review on the political economy of education systems in conflict-affected contexts of which he was the lead author. There has been an increased interest in political economy [...]

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Categories: Access and Participation, Education, HEART Talks, Policy, Finance and Governance, Violence, Conflict and Emergencies0 Comments

What does the UK Aid Strategy mean for education and development?

20 January 2016

The UK Government has released a new aid strategy. That is, a government-wide strategy for aid, not a DFID strategy. The potential advantages and disadvantages of this have been raised elsewhere, as has the stress on “the national interest” throughout the document. However, here the focus is on what it means for a UK approach to [...]

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School feeding

18 January 2016

Timor Ministry of education feeds school children

This report identifies research on the outcomes of school feeding programmes which are mixed but largely positive. Some programme costs and design considerations are presented which provide lessons for sustainability and affordability. Some cost-benefit analyses are also included and trade-offs discussed. Key points for consideration in programme design include: Geographical targeting. Biscuits are a significantly [...]

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Categories: Access and Participation, Education, Helpdesk Reports, Nutrition, Policy, Finance and Governance, Quality of learning outcomes2 Comments

Higher Education

18 January 2016

Dr Tristan McCowan is a researcher at the Institute of Education, University College London. He was the expert adviser for the latest HEART topic guide on Higher Education. The topic guide looks at building the capacity of higher education (HE) systems and enabling structures in low-income countries. It also looks at how effective partnerships can [...]

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Categories: Access and Participation, Adult, Higher and Vocational Education, Education, Equity, HEART Talks, Policy, Finance and Governance, Quality of learning outcomes0 Comments

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