September 2020

/ The Puggle / October 15, 2020

September is typically a back-to-school month here in the U.S., but this year school looks a lot different. With many children going back to school online, it’s not surprising that this month we’ve seen a lot written about education technology. First, a new study from Brookings on “Realizing the Promise” of education technology to improve […]

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August 2020

/ The Puggle / September 10, 2020

Our last post was a bit gloomy, so we’re dedicating this month’s Puggle to discussing solutions that might help the education sector to come out of this crisis stronger. We’re moved by the way Arundhati Roy describes this opportunity:  “Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This […]

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July 2020

/ The Puggle / August 3, 2020

What does COVID-19 mean for education and girls’ education in particular? We discuss four themes: (1) Education is in crisis. In fact, it faces more than one crisis. (2) The crisis is especially bad for girls. (3) The pessimistic view is that it will take a long time to recover and inequality will be starker for many years to come. (4) The optimistic view is that we’ll “build back better.”

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February 2020

/ The Puggle / March 4, 2020

February is the month of love. At least that’s what a whole bunch of retail marketers want us to believe. We don’t have anything to sell, but we are orienting this month’s Puggle around the theme of love…as it relates to girls’ education. The case for teaching love — or at least teaching socioemotional learning […]

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January 2020

/ The Puggle / February 12, 2020

Happy 2020! To kick off the year, we’re excited to share a recent episode of the Do One Better Podcast, in which host Alberto Lidji interviews Echidna Giving founders Craig Silverstein and Mary Obelnicki. Listen to the impetus behind founding Echidna Giving — including Craig’s theory of change, which, broadly characterized, “starts with girls’ education […]

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Our Grantees Spoke and Here’s What We Learned

/ Insights / January 24, 2020

At the end of 2019 we asked Echidna Giving grantees for feedback on how we are doing. In the spirit of transparency, we would like to share what we learned and summarize how we plan to move forward.

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December 2019

/ The Puggle / December 18, 2019

It’s hard to believe it, but the futuristic-sounding year of 2020 is just two weeks away! Before we race into the future, our last Puggle of 2019 provides an opportunity to reflect on three lessons from the past year. These are drawn from work our grantees are doing to: (1) promote gender equality in early […]

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October 2019

/ The Puggle / November 18, 2019

In this October Puggle, we’re excited to share three newsworthy items from the world of Echidna Giving grantees that we think are significant for the broader field of girls’ education. First, the development community celebrated as three of its own—Esther Duflo, Abhijit Banerjee, and Michael Kremer—won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for their […]

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September 2019

/ The Puggle / October 9, 2019

News from Aug and Sept on everything from why girls’ education doesn’t lead to better labor market outcomes to the tension between getting school systems to teach basic skills vs. getting them to teach the broader range of skills we know are important and whether the education aid architecture is broken.

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July 2019

/ The Puggle / July 31, 2019

July was a hot month—literally, with record-breaking heat in many parts of the globe, and figuratively, in girls’ education. The G7 and UNESCO hosted the Paris International Conference on Innovating for girls’ and women’s empowerment through education, where UNESCO launched an Atlas of Girls’ and Women’s Right to Education and France Calls on G-7 to […]

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