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Education is both a means and an end of development. Since the early days of the Center for Global Development, our research has included analysis on how the actions of the rich and powerful countries can most effectively help developing countries make effective education a reality for all of their citizens.

CGD contributions on this topic have varied over the years—from work on the education Millennium Development Goal prepared for  UN Millennium Project Task Force on Education and Gender Equality in 2005, to evaluation of the impact of particular interventions on the performance of schooling systems, to efforts to promote Cash on Delivery Aid  pilot projects and study their effects on education outcomes for children in low-income countries.

More recently, CGD research has focused on assessing the push for universal primary education. The Millennium Development Goal of achieving universal primary education by 2015 will be met in nearly all countries. But CGD research documents the disturbing reality behind that fact: for hundreds of millions of children in the developing world, schooling is not producing “education” in any real sense. Lant Pritchett and other CGD experts emphasize that there are no easy solutions in education. Educators, governments, and donors need to pivot from focusing exclusively on enrollment to focus­ing on learning. Solving the current learning crisis will require flexible policies that allow de­veloping countries to experiment with their own approaches and solutions. 

·         The Rebirth of Education: Schooling Ain’t Learning by Lant Pritchett

·         Schooling Is Not Education by Lant Pritchett and Charles Kenny 

·         Cash on Delivery: A New Approach to Foreign Aid with an Application to Primary Schooling by Nancy Birdsall and William Savedoff