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Lee Crawfurd
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How smart are teachers in developing countries?
Eric Hanushek, Marc Piopiunik, and Simon Wiederhold published some fascinating analysis in a 2014 NBER working paper ( link ) comparing the literacy and numeracy of teachers to the overall population (with a university degree) in a range of OECD countries. ...
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Are Rwandan's really too scared to answer surveys honestly? (TLDR; Probably no)
Hi Roving Bandit blog fans! Long time no write. I've just relocated from London to Kigali, so I'm hoping that being in a more stimulating environment is going to encourage me to start blogging more frequently. Probably the best economics blog in Rwanda! I'l...
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Ark Blogging: The British government’s new plan to get children learning
Over at the Ark blog : "The new DFID education policy “ Get Children Learning”  was published last week. As its name suggests, the policy is all about moving the needle on learning outcomes. It sets out a strategy to tackle the learning crisis in developing...
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Why Kenya should partner with private schools to achieve Universal Secondary School
Op-ed for the Daily Nation .
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The Global Education Reform Movement (GERM) in 2017: A Year in Review
First posted at the Ark blog .  If the Adam Smith Institute can  reclaim  the pejorative label ‘neoliberal’, maybe we should be reclaiming the pejorative ‘global education reform movement (GERM)’? Aside from the unfortunate acronym, it’s actually a pretty g...
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How to achieve public policy reform by surprise and confusion
This is a great quote from Simeon Djankov, former Finance Minister of Bulgaria (and founder of the World Bank Doing Business indicators) - pulling slightly in the opposite direction of the Tony Blair school of thought on reform (ruthless prioritisation), Dj...
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Open Data for Education
There’s a global crisis in learning, and we need to learn more about how to address it. Whilst data collection is costly, developing countries have millions of dollars worth of data about learning just sitting around unused on paper and spreadsheets in gove...
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Liberia Fact of the Day
"The treaties that govern space allow private individuals and corporations to travel the stars, but only with the licensure and legal backing of an earthbound government. It’s similar that way to the laws of the sea. And today, on Earth’s oceans, more than ...
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The key to better education systems is accountability. So how on earth do we do that?
And what do we even actually mean when we talk about accountability? Perhaps the key theme emerging from research on reforming education systems is accountability. But accountability means different things to different people. To start with, many think firs...
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Rising DFID Spending hasn't Crowded Out Private Giving
Last week I was poking around the ESRC’s 'Administrative Data Research Network’  and discovered the  Charity Commission data download website - containing every annual financial return made by every individual charity in England and Wales since 2007. The da...
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