Call for Essays

In an effort to initiate bottom-up global conversations on innovations in education, the SDSN Global Education, Quality and Learning for All (EQUAL) Network–co-hosted by Global TIES for Children and Pratham– invites researchers and practitioners to contribute short papers on “One Year of SDG4”.

Papers will appear in a publicly accessible online compendium that will provide a decentralized snapshot of new program and policy solutions, and form a basis for a wider discussion on solutions and approaches needed to promote quality education at scale globally. Select papers may also be published as a collection of essays to be launched early 2017.

Submission requirements:

  1. Submissions must not exceed 2000 words (4 pages). Submissions exceeding 2000 words will not be accepted. All submissions must specify name, designation and affiliation of the authors with complete contact details.
  2. Essays should be country specific. Essays should explain what has changed in the country since September 2015 on education including but not limited to:
    1. new approaches and innovations to programs and policy being implemented on the ground by governments and large non-state actors;
    2. case studies of best practices that are sustainable and have the potential to transform the education systems and improve learning outcomes;
    3. examples of Public Private Partnership or other models that have been successfully used at regional or national scale;
    4. changes in government structure and/or resources to make progress on SDG4, most especially targets 4.1, 4.2, 4.4 and 4.7, including substantial expansions towards national scale of existing policies, or improvement of quality in existing policies and programs;
    5. and involve and give voice to students, parents and teachers towards these efforts, including examples of student, teacher, and parent involvement in these efforts.
  3. We encourage collaborative submissions. Such collaborations could involve multiple researchers/practitioners representing:
    1. various disciplines (e.g., education, economics, human development);
    2. multiple research institutions/universities;
    3. several sectors (e.g., academia, government, non-governmental organizations, social entrepreneurs);
    4. and involving youth and students.
  4. Collaborations may be of international nature. However, the lead author is required to be from a local institution/organization; or a citizen of that country if working for an international agency/organization.
  5. At this time, only essays written in English will be accepted, though we hope to eventually open it up to other languages as we develop the capacity for translation services. Papers must be submitted by August 30, 2016 as a Word documents (.doc or .docx) to You may also contact the coordinators, Ms. Alice Wuermli and Mr. Samarth Pathak directly with any questions on and respectively.
  6. Provide 50-word bios, institutional affiliation, and contact information (email) for each co-author.