Elaine Unterhalter on girls’ education and gender equality

In this video, Elaine Unterhalter discusses a rigorous literature review focused on girls’ education and gender equality, which she wrote with colleagues. It was commissioned by the Department for International Development (DFID) as part of a series on education. The central research question that the review set out to investigate concerned the kind of interventions… Read more

Evidence brief: Girls’ education and gender equality

This brief summarises evidence from a rigorous literature review titled ‘Interventions to enhance girls’ education and gender equality‘ by Unterhalter et al (2014). The evidence reviewed indicates the importance of a mix of combined interventions which work to change institutions. Evidence suggests the following interventions: Resource interventions to support girls’ education (eg. conditional cash transfers… Read more

Girls’ education and gender equality

This rigorous literature review, commissioned by the Department for International Development (DfID), UK, focuses on girls’ education and gender equality. The central research question that this review sets out to investigate concerns the kind of interventions that research evidence suggests can lead to an expansion and improvement in girls’ education. It also considered evidence on… Read more

Scholarships: the impact and effectiveness for disadvantaged children and girls

This report outlines a number of different scholarship, stipend and cash transfer programmes (CCTs). Evidence on the effectiveness and impact is mixed. Most programmes increase enrolments but the impact on learning is less clear. Programmes that aimed to get girls into schools were successful in that aim. Scholarship programmes that target the poor generally have… Read more

Enshrining gender equality for development in law – a step in the right direction

Gender inequality is a recognised challenge for all sectors that fall under the broad banner of development. It is not a new concept, with organisations such as the World Bank claiming to have been promoting gender equality in development since 1977. Despite long standing commitment from many development organisations, institutions and actors, the reality is… Read more

Annual Review of the Nigeria Girls’ Education Project Phase 3

The girls education project 3 (GEP3) in Nigeria aims to get more girls to complete basic education. Recommendations based on this evaluation include: To increase parental demand for and support to girls’ education: Write a conditional cash transfer strategy strategy for design and scale-up of scheme. Establish clearer attribution of enrolment increases via analysis of… Read more

Girls’ Education in Uganda: potential options for support by DFID Uganda

This report describes the Ugandan context and the educational context within. Under-funding, rapid expansion and inadequate management have led to low and declining education outcomes for girls and boys. DFID’s aim is to improve education for all children within DFID-supported schools, and reduce gender barriers to girls’ participation and achievement. Support from DFID can help:… Read more

Girls’ Learning: Investigating the classroom practices that promote girls’ learning

Learning outcomes and gender equality are two important issues that have recently risen up the agenda in international education development. In most cases they have been treated as two distinct, unrelated problems: one around acquisition of basic literacy and numeracy, the other around girls’ access to education. This paper looks at the intersection between the… Read more

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