UNEG webinar- Improving children's learning and school participation in developing countries: what does the evidence say?


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UNEG webinar: Improving children's learning and school participation in developing countries: what does the evidence say?


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Dear colleagues,

You are cordially invited to attend a UNEG webinar “Improving children's learning and school participation in developing countries: what does the evidence say?”. The event will take place on Friday, 4 November, from 9:30 to 11:00 am (New York time). This webinar is organized in collaboration with 3ie, UNDP Independent Evaluation Office and UNICEF Evaluation Office.

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Chair: Arild Hauge, Deputy Director, Independent Evaluation Office, UNDP

Presenter: Emmanuel Jimenez, executive director, International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie)

Discussant: Mathieu Brossard, Senior Advisor, Education Section, Programme Division, UNICEF

Around 250 million children in low-and middle-income countries (L&MICs) cannot read, write or do basic maths. A range of different education interventions have been implemented to resolve what is being seen as a learning crisis. But do these interventions work?

To answer this question, 3ie carried out the most comprehensive systematic review conducted to date on education effectiveness. The review examined the impact of 216 education programmes in 52 L&MICs. It synthesised evidence on the effects of 21 different types of education interventions on children’s school enrolment, attendance, completion and learning.

In this presentation, 3ie’s executive director and an author of the review, Emmanuel Jimenez will talk about the main findings of this comprehensive study. The focus of the session will be on the major lessons learned and the implications for education policies and programming. The review offers several useful pointers for governments and international agencies to meet the education Sustainable Development Goal.

Download the 3ie Systematic Review Summary Report

Download the 3ie Brief based on the report

Speakers' bio

Emmanuel (Manny) Jimenez is the executive director of 3ie. Manny joined 3ie after a 30-year long stint at the World Bank Group where he provided technical expertise and strategic leadership in a number of research and operational positions. He was earlier the director of public sector evaluations at the Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank. Manny has published numerous monographs and scholarly articles in the fields of education, social protection, labour, health, urban development, public finance, environment and population. He also led the core team that prepared World Development Report 2007: Development and the Next Generation and is editor of the journal, The World Bank Research Observer.

Matt Brossard is senior advisor in the education section at UNICEF headquarters. He is leading the Evidence, Research and Advocacy (ERA) team which is responsible for strategy development, development of analytical tools for technical support to Regional and Country Offices, advocacy and innovations. Before joining UNICEF in 2012, Matt served at the World Bank as Senior Economist, Team Leader of several countries’ education portfolio (2006-2012), at UNESCO Africa Regional Office as Education Policy Analyst (2001-06) and at the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (1998-2001) as Education Statistician. He has extensive experience in supporting countries and publishing in the areas of education systems analysis and policy planning and costing. Matt is a graduate of the French National School of Statistics and Economics (ENSAE) and also holds a “Diplôme d’Études Approfondies” (Advanced Masters Degree) in Sociology from Paris’ Political Sciences Institute (Sciences-Po) and a BSc in Mathematics from University Paris 6.

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Other Relevant Documents:

The Education Commission Report: the Learning Generation  http://report.educationcommission.org/report/

UNICEF Investment Case for Education and Equity http://www.unicef.org/publications/index_78727.html

RISE (Research on Improving Systems of Education) working paper done by Lant Pritchett: Creating Education Systems Coherent for Learning Outcomes: Making the transition from Schooling to Learning http://www.riseprogramme.org/sites/www.riseprogramme.org/files/RISE_WP-005_Pritchett.pdf

CGDEV Working paper 336 done by Lant Pritchett and Justin Sandefur: Context Matters for Size: Why External Validity Claims and Development Practice Don’t Mix  http://www.cgdev.org/publication/context-matters-size-why-external-validity-claims-and-development-practice-dont-mix

We hope that you will be able to join us at this webinar.

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The United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) is a professional network that brings together the offices responsible for evaluation in the UN system, including the specialized agencies, funds, programmes and affiliated organizations. UNEG currently has 47 such members and three observers. UNEG aims to foster independence, credibility and usefulness of the evaluation function across the UN system, promote the importance of evaluation for learning, decision-making and accountability, and support the evaluation community in the UN system and beyond.


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Event Details

Lead Organization


  • Webcast/Webinar


  • North America / United States of America

Start Date

  • 04 Nov 2016

End Date

  • 04 Nov 2016

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