Powering Progress in Girls’ Education

Council researchers are accelerating progress in girls’ education by mapping the ecosystem of actors and activities, synthesizing what works, and identifying opportunities to scale-up successful interventions and investments.  

The Issue

Low and middle-income countries have made enormous progress in expanding primary school enrollment since the 1990s. Yet questions remain about the causes and consequences of continued gender gaps in school enrollment, progression, skill acquisition, and school quality, as well as the best approaches to promoting broader outcomes like ambition, agency, cognitive ability, and critical thinking skills.

A recent Council analysis of trends in gender equality in education revealed that, in many low and middle-income countries, progress has stagnated for girls’ education, and disadvantages, particularly in parity for learning, pervade.

As the education community pursues expanded global goals on educational attainment, lifelong learning, and gender equality, there is an urgent need to better align policies and programs with high quality evidence. 

The Progress

This project will enhance evidence-based decision-making and action in global girls’ education through three complementary streams of work:

  1. Through an ecosystem mapping, identify the people and organizations who provide leadership, implement interventions, undertake research, provide funding, and advocate in support of global girls’ education.
  2. Review and synthesize the evidence of what works to improve girls’ education in low- and middle-income countries, including conducting a systematic review to fill key gaps in existing evidence.
  3. Engage researchers, policymakers, program implementers, and advocates throughout the research process, and strengthen linkages between these actors to ensure that evidence is more easily and consistently integrated into decision-making to improve policies and practice in girls’ education globally.  

The Impact

By bringing together diverse stakeholders working to improve education for girls, this project is bridging the divide between research and practice to ensure that evidence is more easily and more consistently integrated into decision-making in the education field. The project will also determine how well current efforts in support of girls’ education align with the evidence on what works and identify opportunities for investments that improve outcomes for girls.

Principal Investigator

  • Stephanie Psaki Director of the GIRL Center and Senior Associate, New York

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