Areas of Expertise
Capacity Building and Institutional Strengthening in Developing Countries
Capacity building and institutional strengthening are integral parts of the technical support AIR provides to developing countries through education systems reform efforts. AIR's systems-level support involves concerned officials within the specific department of the Ministries of Education and trains the appropriate staff to carry out their responsibilities effectively. Examples of areas in which Ministries and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) request support and capacity building include:
- financial management and accounting;
- strategic planning and long-term planning;
- policy dialogue and the transition to implementation;
- teacher professional development; and
- strategies for inclusion of marginal populations in education.
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.
The Education Reform Program in Egypt is a USAID-funded cooperative agreement with AIR, introducing innovations in school reform across seven governorates on the Nile River: Alexandria, Cairo, Fayoum, Beni Suef, Qena, Minia, and Aswan.
To support the implementation of a new curriculum classrooms throughout Honduras, the AIR project, Mejorando el Impacto al Desempeño Estudiantil de Honduras, has developed a national testing system based on content standards in Math and Spanish.
USAID/Zambia's CHANGES2 Program was a major education support activity in the Zambian Ministry of Education (MOE). CHANGES2 strengthened teachers’ classroom pedagogical and leadership skills with a special focus on school health and nutrition, as well as HIV and AIDS prevention and mitigation.