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Has the quality of Mozambique’s education been sacrificed at the altar of access?

Mozambique, in common with many other developing countries, has achieved impressive increases in access to education. Since 2000, the number of children attending primary school has more than doubled, as have the number of schools...

Education education quality access to education
Working Paper
Impact of school feeding programmes on educational outcomes: Evidence from dry cereals in schools in Burkina Faso

Food for Education (FFE) programmes have been implemented in developing countries since the 1960s...

Enrolment School attendance Gender
Working Paper
The effect of China’s One Child Policy on sex selection, family size, and the school enrolment of daughters

I first document that the introduction of the One Child Policy dramatically increased sex selection in certain regions, and that the Chinese government responded to this by allowing parents who had a daughter as their first child to try for a second ...

Development Education Family planning
Working Paper
Patterns and trends in horizontal inequality in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

We analyse horizontal inequality in wealth and in years of education in the Democratic Republic of the Congo over the period 2001–13...

Democratic Republic of the Congo Economic status Education
Working Paper
Choices for spending government revenue: New African oil, gas, and mining economies

This paper examines a broad range of opportunities for addressing the pressing human development needs of low-income countries by using new oil, gas, and mineral discoveries...

Extractives Education Framework
Working Paper
Anti-discrimination measures in education: A comparative policy analysis

Efforts to tackle discrimination in access to basic services have shown mixed results in different country settings...

Inequality Anti-discrimination measures Poverty
Missing school years for girls: The case of the Assam insurgency

Girls in India face many challenges. From the moment they are conceived, they are less likely to be born as compared to boys. This presence of “missing girls” appears to be linked to access to ultrasound technology ...

Education Conflict
Working Paper
Group-based inequalities: The case of Viet Nam

This paper examines the issue of horizontal inequalities in Viet Nam over the past 20 years...

Viet Nam Horizontal inequality Ethnic relations
Policy Brief
Aid for governance: How to support effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions for sustainable development? Economic assistance and foreign aid Education Planning
Does women’s education reduce rates of death in childbirth?

Every single day, approximately 830 women die from causes related to childbirth. Despite considerable advances in maternal health over the last three decades ( Hogan et al...

Education Health Women
How electoral cycles affect school systems – evidence from India

Public sector schools operate within the broader context of political systems and the management of school systems can be influenced by political factors...

Working Paper
Horizontal inequality in education and wealth in Tanzania: A 20-year perspective

This study uses five series of demographic and health surveys to answer the question: ‘Is horizontal inequality in education and wealth increasing or decreasing in the 20-year interval between 1991 and 2010?’...

Education Equality and inequality Wealth
Working Paper
Effect of girls’ secondary school stipend on completed schooling, age at marriage, and age at first birth: Evidence from Bangladesh

There are many studies on the effects of conditional cash transfer programmes on enrolment, productivity and poverty reduction but very few on causal effects on ages at marriage and first birth. And none of them considers the convergence effect...

Education Regression analysis Rural development
Working Paper
Gender differences in child investment behaviour among agricultural households: Evidence from the Lesotho Child Grants Programme

We examine the impacts of an unconditional cash transfer in Lesotho using an experimental impact evaluation design. We find that the cash transfer led to different outcomes for girls and boys, overall favouring secondary school-aged girls...

Children Education Labor
Working Paper
Ethnic fragmentation, public good provision, and inequality in India, 1988-2012

Using data from various rounds of the nationally representative NSSO survey between 1988 and 2012, we first construct national, state, and district-level figures for overall, within and between consumption inequality...

Education Equality and inequality Health care
In the media
Girls’ school enrollment decreases in conflict – UNU-WIDER study gets attention in Indian news

The co-author of a recent UNU-WIDER study, Prakash Singh, has published a column in India’s news site, the Hindu Business Line. In the article, he discusses some of the challenges faced by girls and women in India and the vital role of...

Education Gender equality
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