Monday, November 23, 2015

Me on Commercialization of EdTech Research

In the role of CEO for my new company DiSEL21 (co-founded with Helsinki University and my team) discussing commercialization of the edtech research behind our product at Finnish Yle Morning TV.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Handbook of International Development and Education Published - Finally in my Hand!

More than a year and a half has past, since I was asked to write a chapter for this eminent piece of work, composed by so many highly respected authorities in their respective fields. My passion for education and development is what I share with the co-authors, whom I'm so proud and humbled to be published together with.

Thank you dear Pauline Dixon for being a driving force throughout this process and thank you Edward Elgar Publishing for this beautiful hardcover!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

SOLE meets Pencils of Promise - Work Wonders Part 3 - Sugata Mitra and Adam Braun

The Work Wonders Project continues...

 Part 3

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Meet the Mentor - James Tooley, Global Education & Skills Forum, Dubai

My own "mentor" in the field is Dr. Pauline Dixon, and it was Prof. James Tooley's Gold Award Essay in the Financial Times back in 2006 that first mesmerized me into the "mystery" of low-cost private schools for the poor.

James' journey have been long, hard and beautiful, and now the world can enjoy his account on how it all got started and beyond at the Global Education & Skills Forum in Dubai.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

James Tooley on Business of Education at GES in Dubai

This year's Global Education & Skills Forum is having an excellent agenda, among other things with a panel about the business of education, featuring Prof. James Tooley. Fantastic!

Colombia, Latin America's Silicon Valley?

Today's very exciting read on

Mr. Facebook chooses Colombia as the host country for his first overseas town hall meeting. Although Facebook opened its first office in the country quite recently, only a year ago, global tech giants Google and Microsoft also got there quite recently. The numbers speak for themselves and the brief article on CNN Money is definitely worth a read.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

THE Handbook soon Published

Handbook Of International Development And Education

Pauline Dixon , Chris Counihan , Steve Humble

Edited by Pauline Dixon, Reader in International Development and Education, Chris Counihan, Research Associate, Development and Education and Steve Humble, Teaching Fellow, Mathematics, Newcastle University, UK 

August 2015 c 584 pp  Hardback 978 1 78347 353 3
ebook isbn 978 1 78347 354 0

This Handbook provides a unique compendium of ideas, seminal research and policy initiatives around international development and the role of education. Using historic and contemporary evidence, the editors redefine international development narrative through a new understanding of 'what works', drawn from pragmatic ideas and approaches. An essential tool for researchers, practitioners and students alike.

Contributors include: J. AlWindi, T. Andrabi, M. Aslam, G. Ayittey, J. Centenera, C.J. Counihan, J. Das, P. Dixon, A.J. Egalite, G. Elacqua, O.I. Eshiet, E. Hanushek, J. Härmä, D. Hawker, S.P. Heyneman, S. Humble, A.I. Khwaja, J. Kimmitt, M. Latham, D. Longfield, M. Martinez, J.G. Maree, P. Marshall, S. Mitra, E. Mpofu, K. Ntinda, T. Oakland, V. Pota, B. Rangaraj, S. Rawal, H. Santos, E.G. Seeco, B. Snowdon, J. Stanfield, J.M.B. Stern, J. Tooley, L. Woessman, P.Wolf 

Further information

This Handbook considers the myths and untruths that currently exist in international development and education. Using historic and contemporary evidence, this compendium redefines the international development narrative through a new understanding of 'what works', drawn from pragmatic ideas and approaches. 

Collaborative efforts from esteemed academics and practitioners outline the current plans to improve systems and offer better outcomes for the poor. The resultant sections offer a new direction for policy renewal and research development in education. These twenty-eight chapters are therefore a reflection of how modern developing economies operate within a diverse economic, cultural and ethical landscape. They represent an important argument in light of the quest to achieve ‘quality education for all’; discuss poverty reduction strategies; and offer innovative vistas for future development in research, policy and practice. 

Offering real policy initiatives, this Handbook provides researchers, practitioners and policymakers with essential up-to-date information, including empirical evidence for replication or implementation. It is also a valuable resource for students and those involved in international development and education.

Full table of contents



1. Introduction to Part 1 
Pauline Dixon 

2. The Economic Impact of Educational Quality 
Eric Hanushek and Ludger Woessman

3. Development and Education 
Stephen Heyneman and Jonathan Stern

4. The Role of Human Capital in Economic Development 
Brian Snowdon

5. Introduction to Part II 
Steve Humble

6. Delivering Education: A Pragmatic Framework for Improving Education in Low Income Countries 
Tahi Andrabi, Jishnu Das and Asim Ijaz Khwaja

7. Affordable Learning: Transforming Education at the Bottom of the Pyramid 
James Stanfield

8. The Private Schools Revolution in Patna, Bihar, India 
James Tooley and Baladevan Rangaraju

9. Private Schooling for Development: A Review 
Joanna Härmä

10. Low Cost Private Schools in the Slums of Colombia 
Joni Alwindi

11. Improving the Status and Quality of Teachers in Developing Countries 
Vikas Pota

12. Education in Post Conflict Zones: A Case Study of South Sudan 
David Longfield

13. Introduction to Part III 
Chirs Counihan 

14. Teachers – An Indispensable Asset: Examining Teacher Effectiveness in South Asia Monazza 
Aslam and Shenila Rawal

15. Teaching Reading Skills through Synthetic Phonics: An Example from Nigeria 
Olubusola I Eshiet

16. Endogenous Education in India and the Implications of Universal Peer Teaching in the 19th Century 
Chris Counihan 

17. Baseline Assessment in an International Context 
David Hawker

18. Locality, Observability and Community Action (Locum) in Test Development and use in Emerging Education Settings 
Elias Mpofu, Thomas Oakland, Kati Ntinda, Jacobus G. Maree and Elizabeth G. Seeco

19. In Search of Human Capital – Identifying Gifted Children in Poor Areas of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
Steve Humble

20. From Hole in the Wall to School in the Cloud 
Sugata Mitra

21. Introduction to Part IV 
Pauline Dixon 

22. Why Africa Remains Poor 
George Ayittey

23. Voucher Policies and the Response of the Profit and Religious Schools: Evidence from Chile 
Gregory Elacqua, Matias Marinez and Humberto Santos 

24. Examining the Role of the Entrepreneur in Development and Education 
Jonathan Kimmett

25. Private School Choice in Developing Countries: Experimental Results from Delhi, India 
Patrick Wolf, Anna J. Egalite and Pauline Dixon 

26. International Aid and Schooling for the Poor 
Pauline Dixon, Steve Humble and Paul Marshall

27. Formulating The Recipe for the Ideal Low-Cost Private School – Hints on the Ingredients 
James Centenera

28. Community Participation and School Based Management 
Michael Latham