Education in international development settings, including in conflict and post-conflict contexts: teachers, quality and learning, and inequalities related to poverty, gender and disability.

Indian children at school near Bodh Gaya
This project focuses on learning outcomes for 'disadvantaged learners' in India: children of primary school age who are disadvantaged by a range of structural inequalities, which are often cross-cutting, such as gender, location, caste, and class.
Schoolchildren in Imadol, Nepal.
Principal Investigator: Dirgha Ghimire. Lead Organisation: University of Michigan
 
Co-investigators: William Axinn; Brian Rowan
 
We propose to develop and validate measures of accountability to be shared with the Nepal Ministry of Education (MOE) and to use those measures in an analysis of the determinants of accountability and its association with students' gains in achievement.
Fezeka High School, South Africa

Principal Investigator: Melanie Ehren (Free (VU) University of Amsterdam).

Lead Organisation: University College London (UCL)

Co-investigators: Andrew Neil Paterson Double-Hugh Marera (JET Education Service); Jacqueline-Aundree Jacqueline Baxter (Open University)

Researcher: Soong Moon Kang (UCL) 

School Children in Zomba, Malawi.

Principal Investigator: Elaine Sara Unterhalter. Lead Organisation: University College London (UCL).

Co-investigators: Relebohile Moletsane (University of KwaZulu-Natal); Rosie Peppin Vaughan (UCL); Catherine Marion Jere (University of East Anglia); Dorothy Cynthia Nampota (University of Malawi)

Researcher: Helen Ruth Longlands (UCL)

Children in Agadez, Niger.
Despite improvements in school enrolment over the past 20 years, 757 million adults worldwide are still unable to read and write in any language (UNESCO 2015). In Niger, the subject of this study, less than 30% of the population is considered to be literate (IMF 2013).
 
While a substantial body of research has focused on increasing school participation, there is still considerable debate about how to improve learning in a cost-effective way.
Blog: Research impact - make it, don’t fake it
Kelly Shephard, Head of Knowledge, Impact and Policy at IDS, presents a new series of impact stories, produced by the ESRC-DFID Impact Initiative, which examine a range of challenges that occurred during the research process, the different approaches taken, and how barriers in achieving impact were overcome. Ultimately, the stories demonstrate how research funded through the ESRC-DFID Strategic Partnership is improving the lives of people around the world in positive ways.

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