The following systematic review summarizes evidence focused on the impact, or lack thereof, of vocation and business training programs. In addition, the review also focuses on the barriers and facilitators of this training and its effectiveness for women that are located in low- and middle-income countries around the world.
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26 Sep 2017
Although the use of technology in education shows a lot of promise for improving learning outcomes in low-and middle-income countries, the evidence on its impacts is underwhelming. Its effectiveness could, however, be improved if technology were combined with a strong focus on pedagogical practices. This study focuses on the effects and cost-effectiveness of Impact Network’s eSchool 360 program in producing improvements in learning outcomes among students in community schools in rural Zambia.
14 Apr 2017
The UN Refugee Agency estimates more than 65 million individuals are fleeing their homes due to war, persecution, and violence. Reinforcing a protection and development nexus is critical to forming policy, practice, and systems change that will serve crisis and conflict protection interests as well as the long-term development context.
Violence against children is an enormous challenge in Haiti. Recovering from political instability and natural disaster, Haiti has a weak service delivery system, as well as inadequate response and referral systems for child protection. There are ongoing efforts to quell family and community violence in Haiti, and AIR is working with a variety of local child protection stakeholders to address patterns of behavior and attitudes towards violence, abuse, neglect, and exploitation of Haitian children.
4 Mar 2017
Equitable access to education is a global challenge for many, but especially for girls. The evidence overwhelmingly shows that educating girls contributes to the social and economic development of communities, increases household earning potential, and provides a foundation for making informed health and safety decisions. Helping girls access learning opportunities so they can achieve their greatest potential is an important focus of AIR’s work across the globe.
The current Zambian educational system is neither providing the access to nor the quality of education that its students and communities need. AIR is working to expand and evaluate the eSchool 360 program to 35 rural schools in Zambia. The program aims to deliver higher quality and low-cost education to children in primary grades through a holistic technology solution.