USAID ECCN June 2017 Newsletter
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ECCN Launches its New Homepage – More Resources at Your Fingertips

The ECCN website has a new look and more content is accessible right from its homepage. Some of the major changes include:
  • Browse all of our content by ECCN’s Priority Areas: Safer Learning Environments, Improved Programming, Enhanced Equity, and Stronger Local Institutions.
  • Find out how you can participate in ECCN activities, either through the Priority Areas on the homepage (for a thematic listing) or the Events pages (for a chronological listing).
  • Find out what ECCN is working on this year by viewing our work plan.
  • Access the latest blog posts in the blue band on the homepage.
  • Catch up on recent ECCN news, partner news, and upcoming events in the white band on the homepage.
  • Find all of ECCN’s popular products (tools and reports) in the orange band on the homepage
  • Scroll to the bottom of the homepage to find the latest social media feeds, archived newsletters, and information on how to connect with us further.
We welcome your feedback and suggestions at as we strive to continue improving the website so it is of best use to all.

Call for new USAID ECCN Steering Group members

Do you have significant and recent experience working on education programming in crisis and/or conflict-affected environments? Do you bring experience in one or more of USAID ECCN’s emerging priority areas?
If so, consider influencing USAID and its partners’ thought, policy and practice related to improved equitable access to education in crisis and conflict affected areas by joining the USAID ECCN Steering Group. Learn more here about the limited call for new Steering Group members and apply by July 17.

Update on ECCN's Professional Development

ECCN has begun development of two new training opportunities for both USAID staff as well as implementing partners. One course focuses on safety in learning environments affected by crisis and conflict and the other is an in-depth training on Rapid Education and Risk Analysis. Stay tuned for announcements, dates, and location and read the blog post on the most recent ECCN training.

Update on ECCN’s support for Conflict Sensitive Education (CSE)

After reviewing 14 member applications, INEE and ECCN selected UNHCR/Syrian Red Crescent, Creative Associates Afghanistan, and EDC Mindanao to receive travel support to participate in INEE’s CSE Training of Trainers (TOT) in Amman, Jordan July 10-13. Given the high interest in this opportunity, ECCN hopes to provide future ECCN professional development opportunities related to Conflict Sensitive Education.
CSE Researcher: In collaboration with INEE, ECCN is supporting a researcher to study the process and efficacy of the INEE CSE TOT course for enhancing the spread and institutionalization of CSE among different regions and institutions. The study will run through May 2018.
In collaboration with INEE, ECCN has also initiated development of an online course in CSE, scheduled for release toward the end of this year. 

Update on ECCN's Affordable Non-State Schools Initiative

ECCN is supporting Results4Development to study the challenges and opportunities in the provision of education by non-state actors in crisis- and conflict-affected environments. This work will provide USAID and others with a literature review, conceptual framework, and case studies in El Salvador and Nigeria in order to further guidance decisions about if, when, and how affordable non-state schools can play a role in EiCC.

ECCN and the Youth4Peace e-Consultation on the Role of Education in Peacebuilding

From June 9-29, the Youth4Peace Online Consultation is gathering input from young people and other stakeholders. The role of education in peacebuilding is the e-consultation’s fourth topic, and is being co-moderated by ECCN’s Conflict Specialist Jim Rogan.

Contributions will feed into a Consolidated Reply that will expand the knowledge base available on the role of young people in sustaining peace and support the development of the Progress Study on Youth, Peace, and Security mandated by UNSCR 2250. Stay tuned for a blog post from Jim on the e-consultation.

ECCN's Safer Learning Environment Initiatives

ECCN is adding two new safer learning environment (SLE) gap maps on environmental/health threats and environmental/natural hazards threats. These two new maps will complement the existing maps that explore internal threats (including SRGBV) and external threats (including gang violence and education under attack). If you have research on any of those topics, please email Gwen Heaner so it can be included in the gap maps and resource repository.

ECCN’s SLE qualitative tool piloting is underway and will be completed in August. The pilot is supported by Relief International in a refugee camp in Jordan, World Learning in a refugee camp in Lebanon, and ChildFund (multiple locations TBD). Join the SLE Working Group to learn more about this and other SLE-related initiatives (please email Gwen Heaner).
ECCN New Homepage
Screenshot of ECCN's new homepage


We're Hiring!
ECCN is recruiting for a qualified trainer to assist in the development and delivery of a 3-day workshop on Safer Learning Environments to take place in the Fall of 2017. Job description and application instructions can be found here. Applications due by July 3. 
We are hiring a consultant to join ECCN to lead the process of developing a Learning Agenda to guide USAID’s Education in Crisis and Conflict (EICC) strategy and portfolio. Find more details here and apply by July 15.
ECCN Webcasts:
RSVP now for the July 12 webcast on Higher Education in Crisis and Conflict – A Webcast to Discuss Implications for Policy and Partnerships. Click here for more information and RSVP.
Stay tuned for the July 25 webcast on the USAID Rapid Feedback MERL funding mechanism. The webcast will be presented in coordination with Results for Development, the lead coordinating agency for the mechanism.
The June 1 Webcast on Alternative Education in the Democratic Republic of Congo – A Webcast to Discuss Research Findings and Policy Implications – included a live feed to the DRC with 45 government officials and implementing partners participating. The webcast was conducted in French, and the recording and resources can be found here.

From the ECCN Bulletin Board

Take part in Youth4Peace e-Consultation! Topic 4 focuses on The Role of Education in Peacebuilding.
Dexis Consulting Group is recruiting a Senior Research Advisor.
Do you have news to share? Post items on the ECCN Bulletin Board, and we’ll feature them in an upcoming newsletter.

You might also be interested in

Information on the Education Cannot Wait Fund and the four funding modalities for its country allocations can be found here.
Jesuit Refugee Service releases its new report on access to education for Sudanese refugees in Chad, a protracted crisis setting. The report can be found here
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