Nutrition programming in urban settings

More than half of the world’s 7 billion people now live in urban areas. As the world’s population is becoming increasingly urbanised, new challenges are arising. The rural-urban gap in nutrition has narrowed in recent decades – essentially because the situation has worsened in urban areas. Ensuring adequate nutrition and food security for people living… Read more




Attracting and Retaining Teachers

This helpdesk report is on the topic of “attracting and retaining teachers” and aims to address what works to attract competent people into the teaching profession and how to retain teachers and ensure that they attend school regularly and teach effectively.  The report is structured into sections covering the issues of teacher recruitment, retention, attendance… Read more




What is the relationship between school leadership and variation in learning outcomes?

These helpdesks were designed to enable an extensive search for evidence on various methods for improving learning.  There are a series of six similar reports, each is based on an edit of a literature search for their chosen method.  After the initial search had been done the search fields were expanded to include further search… Read more




In what circumstances do textbooks improve learning?

These helpdesks were designed to enable an extensive search for evidence on various methods for improving learning. There are a series of six similar reports, each is based on an edit of a literature search for their chosen method. After the initial search had been done the search fields were expanded to include further search… Read more




ICTs in Education

This is a scoping report of recent, ongoing and pipeline activities that utilise Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in education programme delivery, in particular to deliver learning. It includes teacher training initiatives and the use of ICTs for teaching and learning. The report is focused on primary and secondary level education. It is focused on… Read more




Child Friendly Inclusive Teaching

A rights-based, child-friendly school has two basic characteristics: it is child-seeking and child-centred.  Teachers are the single most important factor in creating an effective and inclusive classroom. Child-friendly schools aim to develop a learning environment in which children are motivated and able to learn. Staff members are friendly and welcoming to children and attend to… Read more




Third party verification of the delivery of education goods and services

This report focuses on third party verification of the delivery of education goods and services and how this verification can be implemented. Information on verification for aid delivery in general is included in section 2. A key feature of Cash on Delivery Aid is independent verification. It is also discussed in relation to Results-based Financing. In… Read more




Nutrition for Growth event

On Saturday 8 June 2013, the Department for International Development (DFID) held a Nutrition for Growth event. It brought together  governments, civil society, business and science together to reverse the neglect of nutrition. Launched by the Prime Minister, and co-hosted with Brazil and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, this event marked a game changing moment… Read more




J-PAL Post-Primary Education Initiative launched

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) has launched a Post-Primary Education Initiative intended to promote policy and relevant research on secondary and post-secondary education in developing countries, which together will be referred to as post-primary education. A new paper titled, ‘Expanding Access and Increasing Student Learning in Post–Primary Education in Developing Countries: A… Read more




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