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.
Building Basic Human Capital in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) by 2030: A Huge but Feasible Funding Challenge
To build the basic human capital covered by the six EFA goals is an indispensable development stage that no country can leapfrog: It must be done. To reach these goals (though some may need to be reformulated) must therefore remain a top priority up to and beyond 2015 even as countries address higher-level skill needs. This will present a much greater funding challenge for SSA than for other regions. First, SSA’s population of primary school age is projected to grow by 41% (54 million) between 2010 and 2030. This compares to 6% in North Africa and a decline in all other major regions. Second, SSA has a much larger need for catch-up growth than other regions.