Original research

How Innovative Is the Education Sector?

Education has one of the highest shares of innovative jobs for tertiary graduates of all sectors of the economy in Europe, and a higher proportion than in other
public sector areas such as health and public administration.

Innovation in knowledge or methods is the most common form of innovation, with education outperforming all sectors of the economy on this measure.

Constructing Inter-Sectoral Partnerships to Improve Secondary Education and Youth Employability in Mexico

One of Mexico's biggest challenge is the lack of educational and employment opportunities for the younger generations. We calculate that the country has more than 31 million young people from ages 15-29 (almost one third of the population), of whom more than 20 million have abandoned school without completing high school (grades 10 through 12).

Policy Paper #14: Progress in Getting All Children to School Stalls, but Some Countries Show the Way Forward

This new policy paper shows that global progress in reducing out of school numbers has stagnated leaving 58 million children out of school, with barely any change since 2007. The paper highlights ways to buck the trend, showing that seven policies have helped reduce out of school numbers in very different settings. Seventeen countries reduced their out-of-school populations by almost 90% in little over a decade by investing in positive action such as abolishing school fees, introducing more relevant curricula or providing financial support to struggling families.    

Visual Analysis Best Practices: Simple Techniques for Making Every Data Visualization Useful and Beautiful

You made a visualization! Congratulations: you are part of a small but growing group that’s taking advantage of the power of visualization. However, bringing your visualizations from “good” to “great” takes time, patience and attention to detail. Luckily, we have compiled a short but important list of techniques to get you started. Happy visualizing!

Education for Girls: Alternative Pathways to Girls' Empowerment

This paper is one of a series of five Issue Papers commissioned by the UK Department of International Development (DFID), synthesizing key evidence on integrated approaches to economic assets, health, education, social norms and preventing violence, in improving the lives of adolescent girls. The focus on integrated approaches (addressing more than one area such as health and education) aimed to assess evidence testing the strength of integrated approaches, and to avoid duplicating recent sectoral based reviews.

Financing for Global Education: Opportunities for Multilateral Action

This report makes no claim to provide comprehensive recommendations for filling the remaining financing gaps, nor does it claim that solutions to provide education for all involve financing alone. Rather it suggests five opportunities for action which could make a major contribution in enhancing the role that multilateral agencies can play. Detailed proposals are made under each of the following:

CSR and the Companies Act, 2013: Be Bold, Take Action

The Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) rules in the Companies Act, 2013 will forever change the way CSR is conducted in India and throughout the world. Beginning in April of 2014, large and medium-sized Indian companies will be required to spend 2% of their profits on charitable causes. This represents both a challenge to be managed and an opportunity to be embraced by the more than 16,000 registered companies that will be affected by the law.

Education for Orphans in Africa: Predictors Impacting School Attendance

This powerful chart illustrates preliminary research findings seeking to understand how orphan status affect the school attendance of children in Africa and the extent to which living in kinship care can act as a protective factor in this context. Although numerous studies have examined the effects of orphanhood on schooling outcomes, the results have been mixed, both in terms of whether orphans are significantly less likely to be enrolled in school but also, when they are found to be, whether it is orphan status or poverty that is responsible for this.


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