Gender, education and global poverty reduction initiatives

Lead Research Organisation: Institute of Education
Department Name: Humanities and Social Sciences

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Publications

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Unterhalter E (2012) Blaming the poor: constructions of marginality and poverty in the Kenyan education sector in Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education

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Sayed Y (2013) COMPARE Forum: The post-2015 education and development agenda in Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education

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Unterhalter E (2008) Cosmopolitanism, global social justice and gender equality in education in Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education

 
Description The MDGFs and EFA establsihed global frameworks for advancing policy and practice work in relation to gender equality and girls' education.A gap was identified in policy, practice and academic commentary which would enable consideration of how gender, education and poverty connected. The potential of using comparative case studies to look at a similar process (the interpretation of global policy frameworks) in a range of different settings was established.The importance of building global networks engaged with work on policy and professional practice in the field of gender, education and poverty was highlighted. The need for work in this area to proceed at supra-national, national and sub-national level in state and non-state structures was established as of considerable importance is planning for global frameworks that might succeed the millennium development goals (MDGs). The existence of particular discourse of 'blaming the poor' and stigmatising poor schoolgirls, notably those who became pregnant was identified as a particular problem in the way teachers and members of school management committees thought about their work in Kenya and South Africa.

The findigs from the project questioned the simple assertions that having a global policy framework was sufficient to guide practice and enhancement of action on gender equality in education. The research project examined some of the complex relationships entailed in the translation of global policy frameworks concerned with gender equality to national and local contexts, and whether, and on what terms, any authority is given to local actors. In charting the relationships entailed in taking policy from a space of ideas, ideals, and interpretations of experience, into action, we documented how changed practice does and does not happen looking at state and non state contexts.
Exploitation Route This research could be used in building national and supra-national coalitions, developing training materials, and thinking about indicators for monitoring and evaluating projects in gender, education and poverty This research can be put to use in building coalitions of global and local NGOs,officials in government at national and local levels and teachers to look at the way they think about issues of gender, education and poverty, the particular resources they have avaialble for professional training, the measures used in evaluating progress, and the extent to which they take account of the views of poor girls. These processes are particularly pertinent in thinking about a post 2015 MDG agenda, and have been used in rigorously reviewing literature in this area, developing global policy, and informing practice around SDG 4 & 5
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Education,Environment,Government, Democracy and Justice,Security and Diplomacy

URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ioe/news/2017/aug/new-book-explores-education-poverty-and-global-goals-gender-equality
 
Description Findings from the study have been used in designing large government projects (eg. Girls Education Challenge in the UK), in developing rigorous reviews of literature in the firld (eg. Unterhalter et al, 2014) and focusing the work of UNGEI and UNESCO in relation to girls' education and gender equality. They have also been influential in the work of lsarge NGOs eg. ActionAid and SCF
First Year Of Impact 2010
Sector Education,Security and Diplomacy
Impact Types Societal,Policy & public services

 
Description UN Girls' Education Initiative (UNGEI) Dakar declaration on accelerating girls' education and gender equality
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Membership of a guideline committee
Impact Our research identified how little government officials, teachers and NGO workers had paid specific attention to the way poverty and gender affected education. As contributors to the conference steering committee we wrote the Situation Analaysis and generated the key ideas for the Declaration. The focus on girls education, poverty and violence has become central to global policy making associated with G7 Declaration, large DFID programme, debates around SDGs
 
Description Accountability for gender equality. Paper for Gender Review
Amount £12,000 (GBP)
Organisation United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization 
Sector Academic/University
Country France
Start 06/2017 
End 11/2017
 
Description NORRAG
Amount $6,000 (USD)
Organisation Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies 
Sector Academic/University
Country Switzerland
Start 10/2020 
End 10/2021
 
Description Rigorous literature review of girls' education and gender equality
Amount £20,000 (GBP)
Organisation Government of the UK 
Department Department for International Development (DfID)
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2013 
End 09/2013
 
Description Teacher Education, Teacher Practice, Approaches to Gender and Girls' Schooling Outcomes: A Study in Five Nigerian States
Amount £122,808 (GBP)
Organisation British Council 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2012 
End 07/2016
 
Title Rigorous literature review girls education and gender equality 
Description Conducted rigorous review of literature on girls' education drawing on EPPI software 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2014 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The rigorous review has been very widely read and cited and has been used in formulating large programmes - eg. DFID Girs educaiton challenge, US Let girls learn. It informed the development of the AGEE dashboard 
URL https://eppi.ioe.ac.uk/cms/Portals/0/PDF%20reviews%20and%20summaries/Girls'%20education%202014%20Unt...
 
Title Interviews dataset 
Description Transcripts of interviews collected for the GEGPRI project 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2016 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact Enhanced knowledge of need to develop knowledge of gender among policy makers and practioners working on gender and education issues 
 
Description UN Girls Education Initative 
Organisation United Nations (UN)
Department United Nations Girls Education Initiative
Country Global 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Comments on ongoing projects as member of advisory committee, eg project on gender responsive financing with Malala Foundation, and advice on projects being developed eg. Gender responsive Education Sector Planning (GRESP- Published Equals newsletter with funding from UNGEI ( fromn c. 2005) before current award began
Collaborator Contribution Advice on projects being developed, policy networks, policy papers in development, strategic opportunities
Impact Development of dashboard indicator framework for use in discussions of traning materials for GRESP. Scoping paper for GPE KIX (published 2019 Unterhalter, Parkes and Howell) developed in discussion with UNGEI. Participated in discussions of direction for UNESCO Gender Review
Start Year 2009
 
Description UNESCO GEM Report team 
Organisation United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
Country France 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Comment on and assistance with development of draft indicator framework for use at global level. Ideas utilised in Gender Review, 2019. Used in presentations for Gender at the Centre Initiativbe, 2019 Commissioned to write concept paper on intersectionality and partnership with non state partners (2020)
Collaborator Contribution Comment on draft dashboard for national indicaotr framework. Networking with global partners Contributed background papers on gender to a range of GEM reports. This partnership pre-dates this award
Impact Draft indicator frameworks reported in GPE blog https://www.globalpartnership.org/blog/making-gender-equality-reality-education-what-will-it-take Indicator framework in UINESCO GEM report Gender Review, 2019
 
Description University of Kwazulu Natal 
Organisation University of KwaZulu-Natal
Country South Africa 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This collaboration pre-dates this award,. The work undertaken through this award builds on relationships established through previous projhects. In this award we have contributed to jointly authored conference papers, a jointly authored paper submitted to an international journal, promoting the profile of UKZN at international policy meetings. We have engaged with members of the Advisroty Committee for AGEE convened by UNKZ, engaged in discussions about current and future research, and possible career paths for researchers
Collaborator Contribution Sponsoring co-investigator to attend WERA conference, August 2018 in Cape Town. Provision of meeting rooms for convening of advisory committee, February 2019 and 2020 Contributed to research design, data collection and analysis, co-auhtored conference papers and presentations
Impact Conference presentation, WERA, Cape Town August 2018; c onference presentation SAERA, October 2091 Convening South Africa Advisory Committee, February 2018 and February 2019
 
Description Drought, drop out and early marriage : feeling the effects of climate change in East Africa 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Article about the affects of climate change for girls and their education in East Africa.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
URL http://www.ungei.org/resources/1612_674.html
 
Description Equity takes us further 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Assessed signficance of equity in MDG framework
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
URL http://thebrokeronline.eu/layout/set/print/Blogs/Goal-Posts-What-next-for-the-MDGs/Equity-takes-us-f...
 
Description Gender, education and global obligations for poverty reduction 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presentation at Sussex School of Education Open Seminar Series.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009
 
Description Gender, education and global poverty reduction initiatives 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation at Seminar held by the Catholic University of Eastern Africa.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009
 
Description Gender, education and poverty 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation at Poverty and Education in Development Workshop. University of East Anglia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009
URL http://www.uea.ac.uk/polopoly_fs/1.97897!poverty%20and%20education%20-%20workshop%20communique.pdf
 
Description Gender, education and poverty 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation at the Open Society Institute (OSI), London
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009
 
Description Hair braiding and phone credit : blaming poor girls in South Africa 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Article in Equals newsletter that discusses the finding of the GEGPRI research project that hunger overshadows understandings of poverty for teachers in South African schools.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
URL http://www.ioe.ac.uk/Equals_27_English_e-version.pdf
 
Description Human development, education and the capability approach 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation at UNDP Workshop
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009
 
Description Innovative conference to look at how far we have come on equality 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact E4: Engendering Empowerment:

Education and Equality will be an

innovative conference for education

activists, academics, practitioners,

policy makers and girls themselves from

many countries of the world, held under

the auspices of UNGEI (United Nations

Girls' Education Initiative). E4 will take

place in April and May 2010 using

electronic media (the E-conference) and

participatory discussion in Dakar, Senegal

(the D-conference). UNGEI initiated the

idea of the conference to mark ten years

since the organisation was launched at

the Education for All (EFA) conference

in Dakar in 2000. UNGEI aims to use the

conference deliberations as a means to

assess how far we have come since 2000

and what significant challenges remain.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
URL http://www.e4conference.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/Equals25.pdf
 
Description Living the MDGs 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This article looks at how MDGs 1,2 and 3 are being implemented in Kenya, South Africa and selected global organisations.



Article in Newsletter for Beyond Access: Gender, Education and Development
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
URL http://www.ioe.ac.uk/Equals_27_English_e-version.pdf
 
Description Missing the mark on gender inequality : more of the same is not enough 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Article in Newsletter for Beyond Access: Gender, Education and Development



This articles challenges the limited gender agenda promoted by the MDGs and EFA frameworks
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011,2014
URL http://www.ioe.ac.uk/Equals_27_English_e-version.pdf
 
Description Negotiating gender, schooling and global obligation in international organisations 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Sociology seminar at the Institute of Education, University of London
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009
 
Description Punishment and care : respoding to poverty in Kenya 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Article from Equals Newsletter, 27, in which the author discusses poverty with teachers at a Kenyan university.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
URL http://www.ioe.ac.uk/Equals_27_English_e-version.pdf
 
Description Shot through with power : local understandings of women's empowerment 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Article in Equals newsletter looking at understandings of gender and empowerment in a Southern context Helped build interest ing irls education as a key international/g;lobal polciy issue
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011,2015
URL http://www.ioe.ac.uk/Equals_27_English_e-version.pdf
 
Description Skirting the classroom : changing bureaucracy, transforming gender in the education system 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Consultative seminar on Gender Equity and Gender Equality in Basic Education, hosted by UNICEF (South Africa) and the Gender Equity Unit of the Department of Basic Education.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Still too far away : distance and disconnection on gender and poverty in schools 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This is an article written for the newsletter 'Equals'. The article deals with disconnection on gender and poverty in schools.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009
 
Description The benefits of inter-disciplinary dialogue: case studies from the MDGs 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Remarks at the launch of the Lancet MDG Commission, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010