Areas of Expertise
Education Systems Reform in Developing Countries
Bringing sustainable change to underperforming education systems requires a holistic approach. AIR works collaboratively with Ministries of Education of developing countries, development agencies, and donors to coordinate a sector-wide approach to education improvement. Our work supports effective policy dialogue and financing, and strengthens policies and systems for teacher training, school health and nutrition, literacy programs, improvement of the learning environment, and inclusive strategies for learners with disabilities. We build the capacity of education officials and institutions in developing countries to:
- improve their use of data and information for decision-making;
- enhance curriculum development and assessment;
- facilitate changes in public policy;
- increase enrollment of girls and other neglected groups and communities; and
- promote the use of technology in education.
This article, published in Winter 2013 issue of The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, stresses the importance of identifying how a community views education—whether it is seen as an indomitable evil or a leverageable asset, or both—when providing EFA interventions. How these perceptions are understood and addressed mean the difference between whether education interventions in conflict have any real impact or not.
This final report describes the work of RISE, a consortium comprised of the American Institutes for Research and its partners, the International Rescue Committee, Sungi Development Foundation, and the National Rural Support Foundation, to support USAID’s reconstruction efforts in the earthquake-affected areas of Pakistan.
This study of school management committees' (SMCs') and parent-teacher councils' (PTCs') development and their contributions describes successful interventions in community participation in school management in Pakistan.
AIR directs the ED-LINKS/Pakistan project, which is working at all levels of Pakistan’s education system to improve teacher education and professional development, student learning and the learning environment, and the capacity of the government to sustain quality education.