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From farm to fork - combating Asia’s hidden hunger

July 2014
Bindu N. Lohani
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We need to drastically transform the entire food supply system from farm to fork in order to address food security effectively, writes Bindu N. Lohani of the Asian Development Bank (ADB). This is within our power to achieve, says Bindu, but we need to remember that we can't dream of a prosperous Asia without achieving food security.

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Time to prioritise teacher numbers and teaching quality

July 2014
Purna Kumar Shrestha
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In 2012, 58 million children of primary school age were out of school – but are those in school getting the education they need? For our national progress in education blog series, Purna Kumar Shrestha looks at the lack of quality in teaching and consequent poor results of those children who have spent years in education, and the lessons we can learn from VSO and the Department of Education's work in Papua New Guinea in improving access to qualified and motivated teachers.

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Numbers can lie: youth reflections on MDG lessons for the post-2015 education agenda

July 2014
Chernor Bah and Madeline Serena
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Despite not reaching the Millennium Development Goal of a full primary education for every child, when looking towards the post-2015 framework, it is important to take into consideration the lessons we have learned. Chernor Bah and Madeline Serena discuss the key themes that have emerged from discussions with young people – leaders, actors and activists – on what has worked on education initiatives.

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Our ambitious goals require a new model of development

July 2014
J Alexander Thier
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Continuing our financing progress blog series, USAID's Alex Thier blogs on the Power Africa initiative, which sets out to bring electricity to those without it on the continent, using it as an example of a development model that brings together 'accountable local ownership, innovation and an intense focus on results' alongside a fresh approach to financing and partnerships.

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Unbalanced progress: what political dynamics mean for education access and quality

July 2014
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Susan Nicolai, Leni Wild, Joseph Wales, Sébastien Hine and Jakob Engel

To support our education case studies, this working paper looks at what effect political dynamics have on the aspects of education being examined, drawing three key messages which have relevance for the education sector far beyond the case study countries at hand.

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From decline to recovery: post-primary education in Mongolia

July 2014
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Jakob Engel and Annalisa Prizzon with Gerelmaa Amgaabazar

Since the mid-1990s, Mongolia has recovered from the most severe drop in post-primary education enrolment seen in any Central Asian transition economy, now achieving enrolment rates that rival its neighbours and even those of some OECD countries. This case study explores the progress that has been made.

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Improvements in the quality of basic education: Chile’s experience

July 2014
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Joseph Wales, Ahmed Ali and Susan Nicolai, with Francisca Morales and Daniel Contreras
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Chile is one of the few countries to have improved the quality of its basic education significantly in recent decades. As a result of efforts starting in the 1990s, there have been clear improvements in the country’s performance in national and international test scores. This case study explores.

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Beyond basic: the growth of post-primary education in Kenya

July 2014
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Susan Nicolai and Annalisa Prizzon, with Sébastien Hine
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School life expectancy in Kenya increased by a third in the last decade, from 8.4 years in 2000 to 11 years in 2009 - outpacing most other African countries. This figure captures a wide range of progress in post-primary education, and this case study explores that progress.

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