Girls from Daraja Academy, Kenya

Here are some resources that you may find of interest.  

Reports about schools during the COVID-19 pandemic

An NGO’s report on school closures in non-state schools in 11 nations in the Global South

 If you have an interest in working in development some of the books below will be informative:

 Abhijit V. Banerjee & Esther Duflo (2011). Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty. Public Affairs.

Duncan Green (2016). How Change Happens. Oxford University Press.

Matt Andrews, Jesse McConnell & Alison Westcott. (2010). Development as Leadership-led Change: A report for the Global Leadership Initiative. Washington, DC: The World Bank.

William Easterly (2007). The White Man’s Burden: Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good. Penguin Books.

Maia Gedde (2015). Working in International Development and Humanitarian Assistance: A Career Guide. Routledge, London.

Dean Karlan and Jacob Appel (2011). More Than Good Intentions: How a New Economics Is Helping to Solve Global Poverty. Dutton: Penguin Group USA.

Dambisa Moyo (2009). Dead Aid: Why Aid is not Working and How There is a Better Way for Africa. Farrar, Strauss and Giroux.

Nina Munk (2014). The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty. Anchor.

Jacqueline Novogratz (2009). The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World. Rodale Books: Pennsylvania.

Hans Rosling (2018).  Factfulness:  Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World–and Why Things are Better Than You Think.  Flatiron Books.

Josh Ruxin (2013)  A Thousand Hills to Heaven: Love, Hope and a Restaurant in Rwanda. Little, Brown and Company.

Amartya Sen. (1999). Development as Freedom. Anchor Books: Random House.

To learn more about school leader preparation, professional development, and leadership standards around the world

Cordeiro, P.A., & Brion, C. (2018). Women School Leaders: Entrepreneurs in Low Fee Private   Schools in Three West African Nations. Frontiers:  Leadership in Education.

Lumby, J., Crow, G., & Pashiardis, P. (2008). International Handbook on the Preparation and Development of School Leaders. New York: Routledge.

Moorosi, P., & Bush, T. (2019). (Eds.)  Preparation and development of school leaders in            Africa. Bloombsury Academic.

Taipale, A (2012), International Survey on Educational Leadership, Finnish National Board of Education.

To learn more about the context of Africa:

Africa in general:

George B.N. Ayittey. (2005). Africa Unchained: The Blueprint for Africa’s Future. Palgrave MacMillan.

Richard Dowden. (2010). Africa: Altered States, Ordinary Miracles. Public Affairs.

Jeffrey Gettleman. (2017). Love, Africa: A Memoir of Romance, War, and Survival. Harper.

Makonen Getu. (2015). Socialism and Development in Ethiopia. Regnum Studies in Mission.
Makonen Getu. (2004). The Undreamt: An Ethiopian Transformation. Christian Transformation Resource Centre: Philippines.


Kwei Quartey writes enjoyable mystery novels (his detective’s name is Darko Dawson) that have various areas of Ghana as the backdrop. Wife of the Gods (2009); Children of the Street (2011); Gold of Our Fathers (2017); Death by His Grace (2017). They are fun. Enjoy!

Nana Awere Damoah. (2013). I Speak of Ghana. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.


Helene Cooper’s two books:

2017) Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Simon & Schuster.

(2009) The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood. Simon & Schuster.

Tim Butcher. (2011). Chasing the Devil: A Journey through Sub-Saharan Africa in the Footsteps of Graham Greene. New York: Atlas & Company Publishers. (This includes Sierra Leone).

Tanzania (education):

R. Sambuli Mosha, (2000). The Heartbeat of Indigenous Africa: A Study of Chagga Education System. Taylor & Francis.

Uganda (education):

Twesigye Jackson Karuri with Susan Urbanek Linville. (2010). The Price of Stones: Building a School for My Village. Penguin Group.


A book with a very different view than what we typically hear/read about Rwanda.

Judi Rever (2018).  In Praise of Blood:  The Crimes of the Rwandan Patriotic Front.  Random House Canada.

To learn more about the educational context of Central/South America/Caribbean:

Kathryn Anderson-Levitt & Elsie Rockwell. (2017). Comparing Ethnographies: Local Studies of Education Across the Americas. AERA: Washington DC.

Barbara Burns & Javier Luque. (2015). Great Teachers: How to Raise Student Learning in Latin America and the Caribbean. Washington, DC: The World Bank.

To learn more about the educational context of South/East Asia/Pacific:

Samuel, Meng Yew Tee, & Lorraine Pe Symaco (Eds.) (2017). Education in Malaysia: Development and Challenges. Springer.

Mae Chu Chang, Samer Al-Samarrai, Andrew B. Ragatz, Joppe de Ree, & Ritchie Stevenson. (2013). Teacher Reform: The Role of Politics and evidence in Policy Making. World Bank.

If you are interested in learning more about the educational context of the Middle East:

Daniele Cantini, (2016). Youth and Education in the Middle East: Shaping Identity and Politics in Jordan. I. B. Tauris; Sew Edition. (This is about higher education.)

Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb (2013). I am Malala. Little, Brown and Company.

To learn more about women and girls’ education:

Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb (2013). I am Malala. Little, Brown and Company.

Gene B. Sperling & Rebecca Winthrop. (2016). What Works in Girls’ Education: Evidence for the World’s Best Investment. The Brookings Institution.

To learn more about private schooling in the Global South:

Katelyn Donnelly, Arvind Nagarajan, & Ross Lescano Lipstein. (2019). Beyond the Mirage: How pragmatic stewardship could transform learning outcomes in international education systems.

For a review of the above report, be sure to read:

Frank Adamson (2019). NEPC Review: Beyond the Mirage: How Pragmatic Stewardship Could Transform Outcomes in international Education Systems.

Global Campaign for Education. (2016).  Private Profit, Public Loss:  Why the push for low-fee private schools is throwing quality education off track. South Africa: Johannesburg.

Prachi Srivastava & Geoffrey Walford. (Eds.) (2007). Private Schooling in Less Economically Developed Countries. Symposium Books.

Prachi Srivastava (Ed.) (2013). Low-Fee Private Schooling: Aggravating Equity or Mitigating Disadvantage? Symposium Books.

James Tooley. (2013). The Beautiful Tree: A Personal Journey into How the World’s Poorest People are Educating Themselves. Cato Institute.

To learn more about internationalization and globalization in Pk-12 education:

Nelly P. Stromquist & Karen Monkman (Eds.) (2014). Globalization & Education: Integration and Contestation Across Cultures. Rowman & Littlefield.

If you are interested in learning more about internationalization in higher education:

Rosalind Latiner Raby & Edward J. Valeau. (Eds.). (2016). International Education at Community Colleges: Themes, Practices and Case Studies. Palgrave MacMillan.

Peter Ninnes & Meeri Hellsten (Eds.) (2005). Internationalizing Higher Education” Critical Explorations of Pedagogy and Policy. Springer.

Georgiana Mihut & Philip Altbach (Eds.) (2017). Understanding Higher Education Internationalization: Insights from Key Global Publications. Sense Publishers.

If you are interested in learning more about comparative and international teacher education:

John Chi-Kin Lee & Christopher Day (Eds.) (2016). Quality and Change in Teacher Education: Western and Chinese Perspectives. Springer.

Karen Mundy, Kathy Bickmore, Ruth Hayhoe, Meggan Madden & Katherine Madjidi. (Eds.) (2008). Comparative and International Education: Issues for Teachers. Teachers College.

If you’re interested in learning  about microfinance:

Beatriz Armendariz & Jonathan Morduch. (2010). The Economics of Microfinance. MIT Press.

Makonen Getu (Ed.) (2013). Transforming Microfinance: A Christian Approach. Oxford Center for Mission Studies: Regnum Books International.

Muhammad Yunus. (2008). Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty. PublicAffairs.

To learn more  about social entrepreneurship:

David Bornstein. (2010). Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to Know. Oxford university Press.

Teresa Chahine. (2016). Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship. CRS Press.

B. Gidron and Y. Hasenfeld. (Eds.) (2012). Social enterprises: An Organizational Perspective. Plagrave Macmillan.

Chao Guo (2014). Social Entrepreneurship: An Evidence-Based Approach to Creating Social Value. Jossey-Bass.

Jason Haber (2016). The Business of Good: Social Entrepreneurship and the new bottom line . Entrepreneur Media Inc.

Lily Irani (2019). Chasing Innovation: Making Entrepreneurial Citizens in Modern India. Princeton University Press.

If you want to read about poverty, we recommend:

Daryl Collins, Jonathan Morduch, Stuart Rutherford, & Orlanda Ruthven. (2009). Portfolios of the Poor:  How the World’sPoor Live on $2 a Day.  Princeton University Press.

Kathryn Edin and H. Luke Shafer. (2016) . $2.00 a Day;  Living on Almost Nothing in America.  Mariner Books.

To learn more about the education of girls:

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A few key education reports:  

There are so many.  Let us know your favorite.  Here are two that are quite informative.

World Bank. (2018) World Development Report 2018: Learning: To Realize Education’s Promise.  Washington DC: World Bank.

Sajitha Bashir, Marlaine Lockheed, Elizabeth Ninan, & Jee-Peng Tan. (2018) Facing Forward: Schooling for Learning in Africa. The World Bank.

Recommended Websites

Poverty and Development:

The Gates Foundation Blog:

US and international topics related to poverty, health, education and development written by various foundation staff.

The World Bank:

“Working for a world free of poverty,” this blog is a forum for discussing development issues and provides open access to World Bank data.

The United Nations Development Program:

The UNDP’s comprehensive, qualitative and timely information about how aid flows and its results. The blog is also part of the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) to which UNDP is a signatory, advocating voluntary transparency aimed at making information about aid spending easier to access, understand and use.

From Poverty to Power—Oxfam:

Blogs by Duncan Green and colleagues–one of my favorites. It covers poverty, NGOs, health education, etc.


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