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June 30, 2017The CEI Team

CEI Blog Highlights


Instilling greatness on and off the court
Duncan McCullough highlights the unique benefits basketball is providing educators working to empower youth around the world.


Managing Many Ministries: Lessons from Jamaica on integrating early childhood development
A conversation between Gina Lagomarsino, president and CEO of Results for Development (R4D), and Maureen Samms-Vaughan, the first chair of the Early Childhood Commission, a body established by the Government of Jamaica to develop the country’s early childhood sector.


All work and low pay: Why we need to pay more attention to the early childhood workforce
Kimberly Josephson and Gabriela Guerrero explain why we won’t see the progress we’re looking for in ECD until we put the workforce first.


Funding Opportunities


YouthPower Action: Integrated Workforce Development and Sexual and Reproductive Health Activity
Deadline – 10 August, 2017

YouthPower Action seeks to fund on-going programs to implement activities that will provide the evidence needed to test the hypothesis that integrated interventions focused on sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and workforce development (WfD) provide a better value than single sector WfD and SRH interventions. YouthPower Action will also conduct impact and process evaluations of the winning grant program(s).

Youth, Skills, & the Workforce of the Future
Deadline – 1 August, 2017

Are you working to help youth learn the skills they need to prepare for the workforce of the future and thrive in the 21st century? The Solve community aims to unearth and support innovative solutions to guarantee disadvantaged young people under 24 from low socio-economic (income, wealth, and education) backgrounds are equipped with 21st century skills and prepared for the workforce of the future.

Early Childhood Development Reporting Fellowship
Deadline – 6 August, 2017

Interested in becoming an influencer and leader for children’s development in your country? If producing high quality reporting and solution-orientated stories about nutrition and early childhood development issues is one of your passions, then apply to this year-long fellowship, which will include two international reporting trips as well as continuing mentoring and several virtual webinars.

Upcoming Events


GPE webinar series: Results report 2015/2016
6 July, 2017, ONLINE

The “Results Report 2015/2016” reports on the baseline data and highlights the progress made during the first year of GPE 2020 (Strategic Plan) as per the Results Framework indicators. The report informs that more children in GPE partner countries are in school and completing school, particularly girls and children living in fragile and conflict-affected context, and there are more trained teachers per learners.

Programme Evaluation Workshop
17-27 July 2017, Bengaluru, India

Cornell University and Grassroots Research And Advocacy Movement (GRAAM), India are offering a workshop at PES University, Bengaluru for researchers, senior students, government officials and corporates working on evaluating programs or projects. Cornell University faculty members will share insights on the latest quantitative as well as qualitative methods of program evaluation. The course fee is INR 65,000, though scholarships are available.

A Developing Future: Impact Investing & Foreign Aid for a Greater Good
20 July, 2017 – 7:00pm to 9:30pm (EDT) – Washington, DC

What makes a makes a viable and appropriate opportunity to intervene from a market perspective? What tools and successful case studies are already out there and working well? SOCAP 365 presents an evening of reflection with leaders in the industry, with a panel, Q&A, and ample time for networking.

Global Education News


Any chance to use impact evaluations with no impact? : the Mexican case
Gonzalo Hernández Licona

It feels like a cold water shower when impact evaluations (IEs) do not show positive impacts. Those studies are neither sexy for academic publication nor for public policy use. But the fact that some IEs show no impact of certain programs or projects, it’s an important piece of information! Read more…

School for Justice: India’s Sex Trafficking Survivors Fight Back
Josh London

Shortly after her 16th birthday, Lata was married to a local man in Kultali, India. Two months after her wedding day, Lata’s husband sold her to a brothel. Lata joined an estimated 1.2 million Indian children forced into prostitution. For most of these children there’s little hope of a brighter future, but Lata’s story is different. She escaped—and now, she wants justice. Read more…

Rihanna’s Tweeting World Leaders About Their Plans To Fund Education
Jenna Amatulli

We’ve known for a while now that Rihanna is a renaissance woman, but the singer’s most recent project is A+. She’s currently advocating for education funding worldwide, and calling out world leaders to get a move on it.

Over the course of the last few days, RiRi has tweeted messages at her “navy” (what she calls her fans), as well as Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, France’s President Emmanuel Macron and Germany’s spokesman for the Federal Government Steffen Seibert, about their plans to #FundEducation. Read more…

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