ISESE Competition: Improving the quality and relevance of middle school in Senegal

The Innovative Secondary Education for Skills Enhancement (ISESE) Competition blog series features the winners, runners-up and five additional models that have been selected due to their innovation, impact, sustainability and potential for replication in Africa and Asia. This is Part 2 of our 10-part series.

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A collection of links that caught the attention of R4D staff in last week.  

From Aaron Ausland's "A Cautionary Tale in Charts."

Does your organization unleash demand-driven development?

The following guest blog post comes from Jennifer Lentfer (@intldogooder), founder and editor at and recently named one of the top 100 women tweeting in the foreign affairs space.

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A collection of links that caught the attention of R4D staff in last week. 

Beyond 2015: Continuing and complementing the GMR

At 10 years, the Education for All Global Monitoring Report is now on the map as an indispensable tool for the international education community. I am proud to have played a small role in this – and one that was so enjoyable, if very demanding. Managing the GMR was one of the best jobs I have had.

VIDEO: Breaking Uganda's culture of silence: Access to essential medicines

Uganda has made great strides in the past few years building up the "hardware" of its public distribution system for medicines – central warehouses and staffed distribution points – but the "software" isn’t quite right. Many health centers run out of medicines in the 2-3 months between deliveries, meanwhile central warehouses are chock-full of supplies.

The return of U.S. support for UNESCO should have some strings attached

Given the way that UNESCO has handled the cut in United States funding, the potential implications for UNESCO’s future – and thus for education worldwide – are discouraging indeed. So discouraging in fact that the United States should think carefully about the terms on which it might re-engage financially.

Fight hunger: To franchise or not to franchise

If poverty was a disease, malnutrition would be a symptom. Plumpy’nuts, a nutrient fortified, peanut butter bar-like food packet, treats the symptom, but what happens in the meantime when it comes to curing the disease? 

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Harvard Kennedy School professor Dani Rodrik authored a timely Project Syndicate column on “Doing Development Better”, where explained the differences between micro- and macro- approaches to development and what they can learn from each other, especially as Jim Yong Kim, who hails from the former, soon takes the reins of the World Bank, an institution firmly from the latter.

Glitz, glamour, and global development

Hollywood and global development have surprisingly a lot more in common than Don Cheadle, George Clooney, and Brangelina.