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January 26, 2018The CEI Team

This week at CEI

New tools, new insights, and new impact: R4D's top stories of 2017
by R4D

The past year at Results for Development, which founded and manages CEI, brought a bevy of new tools, insights, and impact. As we now embark on 2018, we wanted to share a few of our most viewed stories from the last 12 months. The following 10 blogs are jam-packed with practical, how-to guidance and some surprising takeaways. Read more...

Connecting local change agents to global experts: R4D revamps senior fellowship program
by Kelly Toves
Since it was founded in 2008, R4D has invited prominent individuals with significant experience in the global development community or in implementing national reforms in their own countries to act as advisors and work alongside R4D staff. Recognizing the strategic importance of this role, R4D decided to reinvigorate its senior fellow program in 2017. Read more...

Q&A: Promoting literacy in India and putting mobile data to work in real time
by Duncan McCullough
Duncan McCullough, a senior communications associate at R4D, recently caught up with Annya Crane, a project manager at Worldreader, to explore how R4D’s adaptive learning approach improved Worldreader’s understanding of the potential for mobile applications’ impact on literacy promotion. Read more...

Funding Opportunities

Request for Concept Notes for NGO Programs Benefiting Refugees and Other Vulnerable Populations in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey
Deadline: 7 February, 2018

The US State Department's office of Overseas Refugee Assistance Programs for Near East and South Asia looks to fund organizations support refugees and other vulnerable populations in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey. Concept notes are encouraged to incorporate efforts to increase the capacity of national actors (both governmental and NGO) to respond to the needs of refugees and displaced populations. To learn more about the priority topics and country-specific application guidance, click here.

Technical and Vocational Education and Training for Internally Displaced Persons in Mogadishu
Deadline: 13 February, 2018

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) seeks proposals from organizations facilitating and supporting durable solutions for IDPs and Returnees in Mogadishu, including improving their living conditions through the establishment of governance systems, increased Housing, Land and Property Rights and social, economic and political inclusion. If you are working to provide vocational training in support of the development of higher-value occupational skills for young internally displaced persons, click here to learn more.

Open Call: European Youth Initiative Fund 2018
Deadline: 4 March, 2018

The European Youth Initiative Fund (EYIF) is working to mobilize young people, promote integration and build positive relationships between displaced youth and host communities in Europe. To do so, the European Youth Forum will provide grants to youth organizations so that they implement projects run with the meaningful involvement of young refugees and asylum-seekers and in cooperation with host communities. Click here for more details.

Upcoming Events

Employment and Violence in Fragile States
Tuesday, 30 January, 2018: Washington, DC and Online

Employment generation is a top priority for growth, development, and social stability in fragile states. In this Policy Research Talk, Eric Mvukiyehe will discuss the findings from rigorous studies on the link between popular employment programs, such as public works and Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) programs, and social stability at the micro-level.

Webinar: Launch of Gender-Based Violence Quality Assurance Standards
Wednesday, 31 January, 2018: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM EST

Join Jhpiego, CDC and WHO on January 31 as they launch the long-anticipated Gender-Based Violence Quality Assurance Standards. The new tool offers a straightforward way to start, strengthen or expand post-GBV services. The new tool offers a straightforward way to start, strengthen or expand post-GBV services. Originally developed by providers and program planners in Mozambique, the tool has been adapted, piloted and refined in several low- and middle-income countries.

2018 Winter Youth Assembly: Innovation and Collaboration for a Sustainable World
Wednesday, 14-16 February, 2018

Organized on the theme of “Innovation and Collaboration for a Sustainable World,” the 21st session of the Youth Assembly is a forum to open up new pathways for cooperation and social entrepreneurship, while harnessing the creativity and energy of youth delegates for global impact.

Global Ed News

South Africa: ANC Passes the Buck to Government On Free Higher Education and Land Expropriation
by News24

President Jacob Zuma has faced criticism for announcing free tertiary education for students from households with an income of less than R350 000 without providing details on how it will be funded or work. The plan states that starting with this year's first-year students, fee-free higher education would be gradually phased in. Read more...

The Benefits Of Recess Are Proven By Science — So Why Are Teachers Taking It Away?
by Annamarya Scaccia

When it comes to classroom discipline, each school has its own set of rules—but a universally popular response to misbehavior is to prohibit kids from participating in recess.

The problem is that a large body of research has shown recess benefits kids’ mental and physical health. So when that time to play and enjoy fresh air is stripped away as a disciplinary tactic, the consequences may be worse than intended. Read more...

World Bank Sustainable Development Bond Raises Awareness for Women and Girls’ Empowerment

The World Bank issued a Sustainable Development Bond to raise awareness for how empowering women and girls is one of the most effective ways to accelerate economic development, reduce poverty and build sustainable societies around the world. The bond raised CAD1 billion from institutional investors in the Canadian dollar market. Read more...



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