New Online Journal Available for International Development Practitioners

Washington, D.C. — A new online publication, the Journal of Education for International Development (JEID), is providing education professionals in developing countries with access to timely information on a broad range of subjects, from decentralization efforts in West-Africa to the challenges caused by corruption. The American Institutes for Research, along with its partners in the Educational Quality Improvement Program (EQUIP), comprise an editorial board that reviews and publishes the articles and tools that appear on the Web site.

The inaugural issue of the journal focuses on the topic of governance. The journal is published by EQUIP and supported by the EPDC (the Education Policy and Data Center), with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development. AIR is responsible for the production of the journal and has staff serving on both the editorial advisory and review boards.

The peer-reviewed journal provides a forum for articles on education issues in developing countries and will address important themes such as educational quality, equity, and access; education data; professional development of teachers to program managers to policymakers; and financing education programs.

The journal is available free online at Readers can register to receive an email when a new issue is posted.

“We expect that this will widen the journal’s reach beyond that of many other peer-reviewed journals, especially for those working in developing countries who may not have access to well-funded libraries,” said Kimberly Bolyard, Editor of JEID and Senior Research Analyst at AIR. “Anyone at an Internet café could log on to JEID’s web site and access the articles, send in an article, or sign-up to serve as a peer reviewer.”

As editor, Bolyard manages the operations, marketing, and planning for the journal, in addition to reviewing, selecting, editing, and formatting the articles.

The journal has two objectives to carry out its goal of contributing to economic growth and poverty reduction in underdeveloped countries. The first is to impact education policies and practices directly by publishing timely and relevant articles on topics of interest and import to decision makers at all levels. The secondary objective is to contribute to professional growth and development of those working in the field of international development - practitioners and policy makers, researchers and administrators, and program managers and implementers.

“As people read, write, and review for the journal, they will be gaining, creating, and contributing to the knowledge upon which sound education practices are built,” said Bolyard. “The journal will become both a vehicle for this knowledge creation and a repository for it.”

In addition to AIR, partners on the editorial advisory board include the Education Development Center and the Academy for Educational Development.

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