Center for Global Development (CGD)

  • R Researcher


CGD’s education program focuses on broad welfare goals and seeks to understand the role education can play in addressing inequity. Despite the tremendous progress that has been made in getting girls and boys into school, education has not yet fulfilled its promise of being the great societal equalizer. Gender inequality remains acute and deeply rooted in the economic, political and social spheres in developing countries. Intergenerational mobility is declining, not increasing. Poor children get educated in bad schools where they do not acquire basic numeracy and literacy skills while rich children attend good schools. Our research examines the mechanisms through which education can give children equal life opportunities and build the human capital that nations need to prosper.

Primary Functions

  • Networking/Convening
  • Research - policy analysis
  • Research - project evaluation

Secondary Functions

  • Awareness Raising/Advocacy
  • Research - other

Geographic Scope

  • Global / regional

Areas of work Back to Top

Education topics addressed


  • Primary completion
  • Primary enrollment
  • Primary to secondary transition
  • Secondary completion


  • Remote Learning

Other skills

  • Life skills/sexuality education
  • Rights/empowerment education
  • Social and emotional learning


  • School quality
  • School-related gender-based violence
  • School violence


  • Literacy
  • Numeracy

Cross-cutting topics addressed

  • Adolescent pregnancy/childbearing
  • Early/child marriage
  • Empowerment
  • Gender equality
  • Sexual harassment & coercion
  • Social and gender norms and beliefs
  • Violence (at home, in relationships)

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Current girls’ education funders

Current girls' education partners

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Center for Global Development (CGD)

Headquarters location(s)

  • London, England, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Washington, D.C., , United States of America

Office location(s)

  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • United States of America


Rita Perakis
Assistant Director and Senior Policy Analyst, Global Education
Center for Global Development (CGD)

Locations of current girls’ education work

Map showing countries (listed below) where the organization is involved with girls' education programs

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