Scoping meeting on "Foresight in Education and Conflict"On 20-21 November, NORRAG and the American Institutes for Research (AIR) organised a meeting at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.
Since its launch in 1985, NORRAG has established itself as a broad-based multi-constituency network of researchers, policymakers, NGOs and consultants that aims to intermediate between research and policy, offering and producing neutral knowledge and critical analysis of complex international education issues.
NORRAG’s current programme focuses on the following themes:
- Education and TVSD in the post-2015 and beyond Agenda
- Technical and vocational skills development policies
- Knowledge production, research, data, results and evidence for policy making
- Education and training in contexts of emergency and fragility
- Right-based approaches to education and training
NORRAG increasingly engages in developing joint activities and South-South-North collaboration projects. The network has more than 3,800 members based in some 160 countries (40% in the Global South) who are encouraged to contribute to all activities. Members have access to a networking tool allowing them to find other members by searching for their country of residence, and their countries/fields of expertise.
NORRAG is active and visible through the following instruments:
Publications: NORRAG News (NN) is a digital publication focusing on policy implications of research findings and/or on the practical implications of new policies formulated by development agencies, foundations and NGOs. Some issues are also available in French and Spanish. The Policy Briefs based on each NN are translated into Arabic, Chinese, French, German and Spanish. A series of Working Papers and outcomes of conferences are also available on the website.
Blog: NORRAG has a blog (NORRAG NEWSbite) to give the opportunity to its members to comment on the discussions taking place in the field of international education and development.
Events: NORRAG organises workshops and policy seminars in relation to its thematic programmes; it also participates in many events each year in collaboration with other partners. The members are kept informed about these activities through the website and the regular issue of a newsletter.
Education Saves Lives: Ensuring the Right to Education in the Post-2015 Development Agenda
For every organisation in every sector clamouring to be heard in the frenetic world of the post-2015 development agenda, finding the message that cuts through the noise and is heard – can reap potentially huge rewards. At every opportunity we drive forward with our national and global advocacy efforts, knowing that we are trying to be heard among a cacophony of all those trying to target the key policy makers, but pushing ahead in any case, lest we miss any chance to make our voices heard. With so many competing demands on the profile, priority, language and underlying vision for the new global development agenda, it is vital to articulate both this message and the rational that lies behind it.