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Partnership for Research on Progress and Resilience in Education (PREPARE)
A research consortium to study the effects of COVID-19 on education
About the partnership
PREPARE is a partnership between CGD and research organizations in Ghana, Senegal, Malawi, Kenya, and Pakistan to produce policy-relevant, country-specific research and to bring experts from low- and middle-income countries into global debates.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic—and its impact on education budgets and consequences for education systems—underscores the importance of arming policymakers with relevant evidence needed to make informed decisions. That is why CGD’s education program is launching the Partnership for Research on Progress and Resilience in Education (PREPARE), a consortium of research institutions who will work together to produce rigorous evidence on the most important education challenges posed by COVID-19.

A core goal of CGD’s education program is to foster substantive collaborations with research organizations in low- and middle-income countries, and PREPARE is a part of that effort. Under this collaboration, our partners are identifying the most policy-relevant questions and working with local policymakers to ensure that the answers are heard. We can help to ensure that global education discussions benefit from the rigorous analysis and more nuanced, global perspectives that their research will bring.

To begin, PREPARE partners based (initially) in Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Pakistan and Senegal are focusing on the education challenges created by COVID-19. As schools reopen, policymakers need to work out how to ensure children can re-enrol safely, determine what learning has been lost and how to reverse this, and understand the potentially large differential impacts of the pandemic on girls and vulnerable groups.

Blogs

  • How Did Students Recover Learning Loss During COVID-19 School Closures in...
    by Might Kojo Abreh et al.
    How much learning did children lose whilst schools were closed in 2020? Whilst hard data is still scarce, the opinions of parents in Ghana are clear. Our survey of almost 3,700...
  • What Happened to Senegalese Students after the COVID-19 School Closure?
    by Samba Mbaye et al.
    CGD in collaboration with the Centre de recherche pour le développement économique et social (CRDES) conducted a face-to-face survey at the national level to measure the...
  • What Happened to Dropout Rates after COVID-19 School Closures in Ghana?
    by Might Kojo Abreh et al.
    Like most countries across the world, Ghana closed schools for long stretches of 2020. In this blog, we present findings from a nationally representative household survey...
  • PREPARE to Succeed: A Research Consortium on Progress and Resilience in...
    by Might Kojo Abreh et al.
    CGD’s education program is launching the Partnership for Research on Progress and Resilience in Education (PREPARE), a consortium of research institutions who will work...
  • Five Findings from a New Phone Survey in Senegal
    by Alexis Le Nestour et al.
    Better data can help us have a better response for COVID, so we piloted a mobile phone survey on 1,000+ respondents in Senegal in partnership with the Centre de Recherche pour...
  • COVID-19 Has Forced Exams To Be Suspended Across West Africa. Should They Be...
    by Jack Rossiter et al.
    Earlier today the West African Secondary School Certificate Examinations were suspended due to the threat of COVID-19. The cancellation does provide an opportunity to take...

Blogs

  • How Did Students Recover Learning Loss During COVID-19 School Closures in...
    by Might Kojo Abreh et al.
    How much learning did children lose whilst schools were closed in 2020? Whilst hard data is still scarce, the opinions of parents in Ghana are clear. Our survey of almost 3,700...
  • What Happened to Senegalese Students after the COVID-19 School Closure?
    by Samba Mbaye et al.
    CGD in collaboration with the Centre de recherche pour le développement économique et social (CRDES) conducted a face-to-face survey at the national level to measure the...
  • What Happened to Dropout Rates after COVID-19 School Closures in Ghana?
    by Might Kojo Abreh et al.
    Like most countries across the world, Ghana closed schools for long stretches of 2020. In this blog, we present findings from a nationally representative household survey...
  • PREPARE to Succeed: A Research Consortium on Progress and Resilience in...
    by Might Kojo Abreh et al.
    CGD’s education program is launching the Partnership for Research on Progress and Resilience in Education (PREPARE), a consortium of research institutions who will work...
  • Five Findings from a New Phone Survey in Senegal
    by Alexis Le Nestour et al.
    Better data can help us have a better response for COVID, so we piloted a mobile phone survey on 1,000+ respondents in Senegal in partnership with the Centre de Recherche pour...
  • COVID-19 Has Forced Exams To Be Suspended Across West Africa. Should They Be...
    by Jack Rossiter et al.
    Earlier today the West African Secondary School Certificate Examinations were suspended due to the threat of COVID-19. The cancellation does provide an opportunity to take...

Contact

For more information, contact rperakis@cgdev.org

Contact

For more information, contact rperakis@cgdev.org

Experts

Esme Kadzamira
Ms. Esme Kadzamira is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Educational Research & Training (CERT) of the University of Malawi. Prior to joining the University of Malawi,...
Jack Rossiter
Jack Rossiter is a senior policy analyst at the Center for Global Development. His research interests include the economics of education in developing countries, early...
Lee Crawfurd
Lee Crawfurd is a senior research associate with CGD’s global education team. Previously he was an economist and advisor with the Governments of Rwanda, South Sudan, and...
Might Kojo Abreh
Might Kojo Abreh is a non-resident fellow at CGD and a research fellow with the Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (IEPA) – a UNESCO Category II Centre...
Moses Ngware
Moses Ngware is Senior Research Scientist, and Head of Education and Youth Empowerment research unit at the African Population and Health...
Rita Perakis
Rita Perakis is assistant director and senior policy analyst on CGD’s global education team. Previously she worked as a manager at Ark Education Partnerships Group...
Samba Mbaye
Samba Mbaye is a Full Professor at Université Gaston Berger in Saint-Louis Senegal. His research focuses on impact evaluations...
Susannah Hares
Susannah Hares is a senior policy fellow and the co-director of CGD’s global education program. Before joining CGD, she spent seven years as Ark’s international director,...

Experts

  • Esme Kadzamira
    Ms. Esme Kadzamira is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Educational Research & Training (CERT) of the University of Malawi. Prior to joining the University of Malawi,...
  • Jack Rossiter
    Jack Rossiter is a senior policy analyst at the Center for Global Development. His research interests include the economics of education in developing countries, early...
  • Lee Crawfurd
    Lee Crawfurd is a senior research associate with CGD’s global education team. Previously he was an economist and advisor with the Governments of Rwanda, South Sudan, and...
  • Might Kojo Abreh
    Might Kojo Abreh is a non-resident fellow at CGD and a research fellow with the Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (IEPA) – a UNESCO Category II Centre...
  • Moses Ngware
    Moses Ngware is Senior Research Scientist, and Head of Education and Youth Empowerment research unit at the African Population and Health...
  • Rita Perakis
    Rita Perakis is assistant director and senior policy analyst on CGD’s global education team. Previously she worked as a manager at Ark Education Partnerships Group...
  • Samba Mbaye
    Samba Mbaye is a Full Professor at Université Gaston Berger in Saint-Louis Senegal. His research focuses on impact evaluations...
  • Susannah Hares
    Susannah Hares is a senior policy fellow and the co-director of CGD’s global education program. Before joining CGD, she spent seven years as Ark’s international director,...

Acknowledgments

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