NORRAG Podcasts

NORRAG Podcasts

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The NORRAG Podcasts are produced by NORRAG and the KIX EAP Hub and hosted on SoundCloud. Subscribe on SoundCloud, Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts.

Podcasts are categorized under NORRAG’s five thematic areas: Data and evidence, Education and the SDGs, Innovations and disruptions, Private sector approaches, and Network. To learn more about NORRAG’s thematic areas and our 2021-25 strategy, please visit this link.

NORRAG also supports the FreshEd podcasts including FreshEd with Will Brem and Eduquê.


KIX EAP Podcast #14: Educational governance in Pakistan and reflection for the international development community with Sajid Ali (1 June 2022)

This episode of the KIX EAP Podcast, hosted by Ryan Allen, Assistant Professor, Chapman University (USA), features Dr Sajid Ali, the Amir Sultan Chinoy Associate Professor at the Aga Khan University’s Institute for Educational Development, Pakistan – and guest speaker in the recent webinar 12. In the podcast, Dr Ali discusses educational governance in Pakistan and offers advice to the international development community.

Theme: Innovations and disruptions
Project: KIX EAP Hub


KIX EAP Podcast #13: Ukrainian refugees with disabilities and multilingual education in Moldova, with Ludmila Malcoci (4 May 2022)

Theme: Innovations and disruptions
Project: KIX EAP Hub

This episode of the KIX EAP Podcast features Dr. Ludmila Malcoci, the Executive Director of Keystone Moldova and Regional Director (Central and Eastern Europe) of Keystone Human Services International. In the podcast, Dr Malcoci discusses the support her organisation provides to refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine, especially those with disabilities, along with the challenges of Multilingual Education in Moldova.

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KIX EAP Podcast #12: Rokeya Akhter, Executive Director at the South Asian Institute for Social Transformation, Dhaka, Bangladesh (6 April 2022)

Theme: Innovations and disruptions
Project: KIX EAP Hub

This episode of the KIX EAP Podcast features Dr. U S Rokeya Akhter, Executive Director of the South Asian Institute for Social Transformation (SAIST) and interim National KIX Coordinator, Bangladesh. In the podcast, Rokeya explains how Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed was used to advocate for Bangladeshi girls’ education on the KIX EAP Podcast.

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KIX EAP Podcast #11: Kamila Kovyazina, independent researcher, Republic of Kazakhstan (2 March 2022)

Theme: Innovations and disruptions
Project: KIX EAP Hub

This episode of the KIX EAP Podcast features Kamila Kovyazina, independent researcher based in the Republic of Kazakhstan and presenter in the recent EPIC. In the podcast, Kamila explains why international organisations must listen to local experts. Please note that the podcast was recorded in December 2021, before the January 2022 unrest in Kazakhstan.

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KIX EAP Podcast #10: Sarfaroz Niyozov, Acting Associate Dean, Academic Programs, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto, Canada (2 February 2022)

Theme: Innovations and disruptions
Project: KIX EAP Hub

This episode of the KIX EAP Podcast features Sarfaroz Niyozov, Acting Associate Dean of the academic programs, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto,  Canada. Listen to how Sarfaroz Niyozov developed a Critical Pragmatist Framework through his diverse educational background.

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KIX EAP Podcast #9: Batjargal Batkhuyag, Executive Director, Mongolian Education Alliance (1 December 2021)

Theme: Innovations and disruptions
Project: KIX EAP Hub

This episode of the KIX EAP Podcast features Batjargal Batkhuyag, Executive Director, Mongolian Education Alliance (MEA), Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. In this interview, we learn how Mongolia educates its nomadic herder population and more.

Theme: Innovations and Disruptions

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KIX EAP Podcast #8: Dr Kilala Devette-Chee Papua New Guinea National Research Institute (3 November 2021)

Theme: Innovations and disruptions
Project: KIX EAP Hub

This episode features Dr Kilala Devette-Chee, Senior Research Fellow and Program Leader of the Universal Basic Education Research Program at the Papua New Guinea National Research Institute. Dr Devette-Chee is from the country with the most spoken languages and, in this episode, discusses some of the challenges faced by the island nation.

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KIX EAP Podcast #7: Almagul Osmonova, founder and CEO of the Taalim Forum Public Foundation, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (3 October 2021)

Theme: Innovations and disruptions
Project: KIX EAP Hub

In this episode of the KIX EAP Podcast Ms Osmonova discusses her background and passion for education.

This is a special edition of the KIX EAP podcast ahead of the KIX EAP Regional Conference, where Ms Osmonova will be presenting her KIX-funded research on how to improve quality and access to school education in Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, and Tajikistan.

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KIX EAP Podcast #6: Dr Elena Kardanova Professor, National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE), Moscow, Russia (1 September 2021)

Theme: Innovations and disruptions
Project: KIX EAP Hub

Dr Kardanova explores the question of how researchers can balance international publishing in English while still disseminating local knowledge.

This is a special edition of the KIX EAP podcast ahead of the 1st KIX EAP Regional Conference, where Dr. Kardanova will share her knowledge and expertise with attendees.

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KIX EAP Podcast #5: Dr Bal Chandra Luitel, Professor, Kathmandu University’s School of Education (4 August 2021)

Theme: Innovations and disruptions
Project: KIX EAP Hub

In this episode, Dr Luitel discusses transformative math and the challenges in training teachers with this unconventional paradigm in Nepal.

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KIX EAP Podcast #4: Dr Aminath Shafiya Adam, Assistant Professor, Maldives National University (6 July 2021)

Theme: Innovations and disruptions
Project: KIX EAP Hub

In this episode, Dr Adam explains how she trains future teachers to become “Champions” in their classrooms through positivity. The discussion also explores the importance of persevering local language and the challenges of the nation’s unique geography.

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NORRAG Podcast #10: Can social integration in schools be mandated? Evidence from the right to education act in India (9 June 2021)

Theme: Network

NORRAG Podcast Episode 10 features guest host, Luis Crouch, Senior Economist of RTI’s International Development Group. He interviews Radhika Joshi, Doctor of Economics at the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore. They discuss Joshi’s article: Can Social Integration in Schools be Mandated? Evidence from the Right to Education Act in India.

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KIX EAP Podcast #3: Dr. Shehzad Jeeva, Director of AKU-EB and Assistant Professor Aga Khan University, Pakistan (2 June 2021)

Theme: Innovations and disruptions
Project: KIX EAP Hub

In this episode of the KIX EAP Podcast, Dr. Shehzad Jeeva talks about how to foster critical thinking and hands-on learning in a sector used to rote memorization and the path to revolutionizing the Pakistani education system.

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KIX EAP Podcast #2: Maia Bibileishvili, Head of the “Child, Family, Society” (CFS) organisation, Georgia (5 May 2021)

Theme: Innovations and disruptions
Project: KIX EAP Hub

In this episode of the KIX EAP Podcast, Maia Bibileishvili talks about how her family experience inspired her to advocate for students with disabilities in Georgia. By grassroots organizing and appealing to the highest levels of government, her efforts have helped propel recognition and access for these population throughout the country.


NORRAG Podcast #9: Monitoring the 4th sustainable development goal on education (SDG 4) with Manos Antoninis (9 April 2021)

Theme: Education and the SDGs

This episode features guest host, Alexandra Draxler, NORRAG Senior Advisor and Former Director at UNESCO, who interviews Manos Antoninis, an economist and specialist in questions related to education & development and the Director of the Global Education Monitoring Report.

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KIX EAP Podcast #1: Duishon Shamatov Associate Professor at Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan (6 April 2021)

Theme: Innovations and disruptions
Project: KIX EAP Hub

In this episode, Professor Shamatov talks about his international research career from Pakistan to Canada, and how he returned to give back to his community in Central Asia through his work in academia. Originally from Kyrgyzstan, Professor Shamatov offers a unique view into educational research and policies of post-soviet systems.

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NORRAG Podcast #8: Peak aid, catalytic change & sustainable educational financing (3 March 2021)

Theme: Network

In NORRAG Podcast Episode 8, guest host Alexandra Draxler and Keith Lewin, discuss the fact that external aid for educational development is reaching its peak. What does this mean for donor countries, receiving countries, and the tumultuous times we live in? Can equitable access to quality education for all be achieved under the funding structures we have now?

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NORRAG Podcast #7: Urging the US to re-engage with UNESCO (15 January 2021)

Theme: Innovations and disruptions

In NORRAG Podcast Episode 7, recorded this episode on behalf of the Association of Former UNESCO Staff Members. NORRAG received permission to re-publish this work. Aaron Benavot (Professor of Global Education Policy at SUNY University in Albany, NY) and Alexandra Draxler (NORRAG Senior Advisor and former UNESCO Director), discuss the tumultuous history between the U.S.’s involvement with UNESCO.

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NORRAG Podcast #6: India Education Outcomes Fund with co-author Archana Mehendale (8 December 2020)

Theme: Private sector approaches

In NORRAG Podcast Episode 6, we talk to NORRAG member Archana Mehendale about a Case Study she co-authored with Ajay Singh, entitled “India Education Outcomes Fund” which was recently published on the NORRAG website.

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NORRAG Podcast #5: Human capital index and the hidden penalty for non-participation in ILSAs (16 April 2020)

Theme: Data and evidence

In NORRAG Podcast Episode 5, we talk to Prof Ji Liu about his article, co-authored with Prof Gita Steiner-Khamsi, entitled ‘Human Capital Index and the hidden penalty for non-participation in International Large-Scale Assessments (ILSAs)’.

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NORRAG Podcast #4: The IEFG: role of a philanthropic affinity network within global education (3 March 2020)

Theme: Private sector approaches
Project: Philanthropy in Education

In NORRAG Podcast Episode 4, we talk to Megan Haggerty and Bronwen Magrath, two of the authors along with Gordana Kelava of the chapter “The IEFG: role of a philanthropic affinity network within global education”. This is chapter 3 of the NORRAG Book “Philanthropy in Education: Diverse Perspective and Global Trends” published by Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, Cheltenham, UK.

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NORRAG Podcast #3: New philanthropy and global policy networks in education: the case of Argentina (14 January 2020)

Theme: Private sector approaches
Project: Philanthropy in Education

In NORRAG Podcast Episode 3, we talk to Iván Matovich and Alejandra Cardini about their chapter, ‘New philanthropy and global policy networks in education: the case of Argentina’ in Philanthropy in Education: Diverse Perspectives and Global Trends. This is NORRAG’s second book in its Series on International Education and Development / published by Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, Cheltenham, UK.

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NORRAG Podcast #2: A will in search of a way: philanthropy in education in Peru (12 December 2019)

Theme: Private sector approaches
Project: Philanthropy in Education

In NORRAG Podcast Episode 2, we talk to Matthew D. Bird and Vicente M. León about their chapter titled “A will in search of a way: philanthropy in education in Peru” in the NORRAG Book “Philanthropy in Education: Diverse Perspectives and Global Trends”. This is NORRAG’s second book in its Series on International Education and Development / published by Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, Cheltenham, UK.

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NORRAG Podcast #1: book launch, philanthropy in education: diverse perspectives and global trends (22 November 2019)

Theme: Private sector approaches
Project: Philanthropy in Education

In the first episode of the NORRAG Podcast, we talk to Dr. Natasha Ridge (Executive Director of the Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates) and Dr. Arushi Terway (Senior Lead Research Associate at NORRAG) about the launch of the NORRAG book “Philanthropy in Education: Diverse Perspectives and Global Trends”, the second in NORRAG’s Book Series on Education and Development published by Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, Cheltenham, UK.

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