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Dubai Cares launches new funding for evidence in education in emergencies

20 September 2016



Dubai Cares announces new USD 10 million Research Envelope for the field of Education in Emergencies on the sidelines of the 71st UN General Assembly


Five-year research envelope will inform policy and decision-makers on global and national policies and practices


New York, 20 September 2016 - Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, has formally announced a new Research Envelope worth AED 36,735,000 (USD 10 million) at a special event in New York during the week of the 71st United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). The research envelope will be known as Evidence for Education in Emergencies (E-Cubed) and aims to inform decision- and policy makers about matters pertaining to the education of children in areas hit by various crises.

The launch event was hosted jointly with the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE), focusing on generating ideas on how to inform critically needed research, which in turn would inform political decision makers working to create effective policies.

The importance of education for preventing lost generations of children and youth has been gaining increasing recognition over recent years, thanks to efforts from global political champions. At the same time, the critical situation of displacement and migration has put pressure on the international humanitarian community and its partners who are faced with substantial shortfalls in funding across all sectors.

Last year conditions worsened with forced displacement reaching its highest level since the end of the Second World War. Today, one in 113 people is either a refugee, internally displaced, or seeking asylum, and more than half of the world’s refugees are children. The average length of displacement today has reached 17 years and the average length of conflict today is 37 years. Simultaneously, emergency relief in all sectors is extending into longer-term humanitarian support.

Speaking from the event, which was co-hosted by Dubai Cares and INEE, Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer at Dubai Cares said, “Clearly there are worsening problems throughout the Middle East and beyond. Children are particularly vulnerable, with their education often impacted or denied altogether." Al Gurg continued, "Refugee children are five times more likely to be out of school than non-refugees. It is vital that we study the impact that different emergency education interventions have on the educational achievements and the socio-emotional wellbeing of children and youth affected by instability and crises, so that humanitarian and philanthropic organizations such as Dubai Cares can make evidence-based decisions when allocating funds to aid programs – something our Research Envelope will help facilitate.” 

Dean Brooks, INEE Director said, “Throughout the global consultations held in 2015 and 2016, INEE members around the world echoed the request for solid evidence on which to base their policies and programs. Dubai Cares E-Cubed is a direct and very welcome response to this request.”

According to the United Nations, girls are almost 2.5 times more likely to be out of school in conflict-affected countries and adolescent girls are nearly 90 percent more likely to be out of secondary school in conflict-affected countries than their peers in stable countries. 

“Recently Dubai Cares made a commitment at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, to allocate at least 10 percent of all its funding for education in emergencies towards research, and now we are fulfilling our promise, which is in line with Dubai Cares’ objective of ensuring long-term, sustainable impact in and through education systems,” added Al Gurg.

Ensuring equitable quality education and learning for all requires addressing the population of children who are most educationally deprived. There are more than 124 million children and young adolescents who are currently out of school, and many millions more who are in school but not learning due to armed conflict and crisis. Civil society, organizations, governments, local communities and donors all agree, however that there is an “overwhelming lack of evidence” as to what works to promote children’s learning in crisis-affected situations.

“We are not alone in this,” Al Gurg sums up. “Dubai Cares already supports critical research in Lebanon, Niger and Sierra Leone, in partnership with the International Rescue Committee and New York University – it works extremely well and we want to actively encourage this practice of convening partnerships between academia and implementing agencies. It’s the logical way forward for getting the best quality outcomes and what E-Cubed aims to do is complement and connect with other evidence gathering mechanisms. But the net result will be that children – even those who are displaced – will receive a high standard of education because we will be armed with facts gained from this extensive research. I look forward to announcing more details in New York and engaging in what should be an extremely lively and healthy debate with my fellow panelists.”



About Dubai Cares: 

Dubai Cares, part of Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, is a UAE-based global philanthropic organization working towards providing children in developing countries with access to quality education. Our mission to increase children’s access to quality education is guided by a common principle: children ready for schools, schools ready for children, parents and the community ready to play their role. Gender equality is a cross cutting theme in all Dubai Cares’ education programs. Central to Dubai Cares’ approach is also a focus on monitoring, evaluation and learning.

Over the past 9 years, Dubai Cares has successfully launched education programs reaching over 14 million beneficiaries in 41 developing countries in partnership with UN aid agencies and international and local NGOs such as the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Plan International, World Food Program, Pratham, Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi, Associates in Research and Education for Development (ARED), CARE International and Save the Children among others.

Dubai Cares is an active contributor to efforts aimed at shaping the global education agenda. In 2015, the organization joined United Nations representatives and other relevant agencies in New York to discuss the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the next 15 years.

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