As many developing countries see a boom in secondary education enrollment, effective, evidence-based policies on post-primary education are of vital importance. The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) has launched a Post-Primary Education Initiative with support from MacArthur to promote policy-relevant research on secondary, tertiary, and vocational education in developing countries. As a first step in this process, J-PAL has released a report that reviews evidence to date on post-primary education and highlights gaps in the literature, with a focus on identifying policies that should be given the highest priority for future research. The review is organized in two broad topics: the demand for education from students and parents and the supply of education from governments and private providers.
Girls' Secondary Education in Developing Countries
Grantmaking seeks to identify, test, and develop innovations in secondary education in developing countries that can spur systemic change and improve economically marginalized girls’ demand for, access to, and retention in quality secondary level education.