Championing Girls’ Education in Developing Countries: 10 Local Leaders who are Making a Difference

Authored by: Rebecca Winthrop and Eileen McGivney

Categories: Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: Human Development, Political Transitions
Country: Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa, India, Malawi, Bangladesh, Jordan, Sri Lanka
Region: Middle East and North Africa, South and Central Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa
Year: 2015
Citation: Winthrop, Rebecca and Eileen McGivney. Championing Girls' Education in Developing Countries: 10 Local Leaders who are Making a Difference. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution, 2015.

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Executive Summary

This article features ten leaders, who have worked with Brookings’s Echidna Global Scholars program. They have all worked toward improving girls’ education in their countries across three important dimensions: getting and keeping girls in school, improving the quality of girls’ learning opportunities, and empowering girls to lead. To accelerate and sustain progress in education, and especially girls’ education, it is necessary to have strong networks of local girls’ education advocates, thought leaders, and social entrepreneurs. More than ever before, the girls who are left behind face multiple barriers to getting into school and receiving a quality education. Finding sustainable solutions to overcoming these barriers will need to draw upon global good practice but will ultimately need to be developed, adapted, and owned locally in communities across the developing world.