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The Lagos Eko Secondary Education Sector Project: Tailoring International Best Practices to Improve Educational Outcomes at the State Level

This case study explores how the Eko Project tailored international best practices to leverage impact in Lagos State’s public secondary education system and assesses how the project resolutely responded to the challenges posed by the drop in test scores. Using a qualitative methodology based on semi- structured interviews and focus group discussions, the case study concludes that a proactive approach in a moment of committed political leadership from top to bottom—together with targeted program design, thoughtful adaptation of international experience, and efforts to foster a culture of performance— created the conditions for meaningful and sustainable reform, despite the challenges posed by demographic pressures and funding constraints.


Adaptive Implementation in World Bank Operations, by Amit Dar

The Global Delivery Initiative speaks with Amit Dar, Director of Strategy and Operations in the Human Development Vice Presidency of the World Bank, about how the World Bank is applying adaptive implementation and course correction principles in its projects.


Amit Dar


Francisco Marmolejo

Francisco Marmolejo is the World Bank’s Lead of its Global Solutions Group on Tertiary Education, and since July 2016 he also serves as the Lead Education Specialist for India, based in Delhi.


Omar S. Arias Diaz

Omar Arias is the Practice Lead Economist of the Social Protection and Labor Global Practice and Global Lead for skills at the World Bank.


Jenny Perlman Robinson

Jenny Perlman Robinson is a fellow with the Brookings Institution, Center for Universal Education, where her work focuses on improving quality education and learning for children and youth in developing countries at large-scale.

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INJAZ: Engaging the Private Sector for Greater Youth Employability in Jordan

This case study explores how INJAZ—an independent Jordanian nonprofit organization founded in 1999 and specializing in youth empowerment—links the public, private, and civil society sectors to bridge the skills gap between the educational system and the changing needs of the labor market. INJAZ’s demand-driven programs serve youth from grade 7 to university level and after graduation with relevant and unique content and activities that improve students’ financial literacy, communication skills, interpersonal skills, ethical leadership, teamwork, and creative thinking skills.

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Pratham’s Read India: Taking Small Steps in Learning at Scale

This case study explores how Pratham’s Read India program can help students achieve higher learning levels. Read India is based on remedial education for children who are lagging behind in basic skills such as reading and arithmetic. Through Read India, Pratham, a nongovernmental organization based in India, has demonstrated that focusing on learning outcomes and designing teaching and delivery methods to achieve higher learning outcomes can result in improved literacy and numeracy among children who attend school.

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This case study explores how Lesson Study, a program administered by the Zambian Ministry of General Education in partnership with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) from 2005 until 2015, provided primary and secondary schoolteachers in Zambia with the knowledge and skills to continuously improve their teaching through a monthly cycle of “Plan-Do-See” activities.

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Aflatoun: International Scaling of Social and Financial Education through a Global Franchise

This case study explores how Aflatoun International, a global network of more than 180 partner organizations in 116 countries, empowers children both socially and financially to become agents of change in their own lives and for a more equitable world.