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Education Systems Town Hall

Education Systems Town Hall
23 January 2014

On Thursday 23 January 2014, UKCDS hosted an 'Education Systems Town Hall' which saw five leading research funders unpack their strategies for education research in international development. Senior representatives from the UK Department for International Development (DFID), UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), World Bank, USAID and UNICEF outlined their priorities in education research for international development, and took questions.

The meeting seeked to:

  • unpack how funders determine their funding strategies and priorities
  • to provide insights into funders' commissioning processes
  • alert the audience to funding opportunities in the pipeline
  • encourage a constructive two way dialogue between funders and researchers to improve bidding and procurement processes.

Videos of each presentation, including the Q&A session, and each presentation's powerpoint slide pack can be found in the resource below.

Following the event, Stefan Dercon, DFID's Chief Economist, wrote a blog post in which he sums up his perspective on the future of education research: Sunny skies ahead for education research.

One of the event's live stream viewers, Nisma Elias from Research for Development, also wrote a blogreview of the event: An "Educational" Town Hall meeting.

The event's narrative was also described on twitter and can be found on the event's coverage page, along with all these other resources.

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