2018 World Development Report Cites RISE Researchers

Cover of the World Development Report 2018 issued by the World Bank

Each year, the World Bank releases a World Development Report (WDR) focusing on a particular aspect of development. This year the theme is education, specifically ‘learning to realize education’s promise’. The 2018 WDR aims to ‘take stock of what we know and to provide guidance on how to expand the scope and quality of education around the world’, as well as preparing the ground for more sustained policy decisions – and it includes over 80 references to papers written by more than 25 authors related to the RISE Programme.

RISE (Research on Improving Systems of Education) is large-scale, multi-country research programme that aims to expand the evidence base on education systems, and is managed and implemented by Oxford Policy Management (OPM) in partnership with the Blavatnik School of Government (University of Oxford) and the Center for Global Development (Washington, DC). The work of many RISE researchers has been instrumental in the development of the 2018 WDR including RISE Research Director Lant Pritchett, RISE Senior Researcher Justin Sandefur, a number of RISE Intellectual Leadership Team members, and many of our Country Research Team researchers.  

A key theme in this year’s WDR is the ineffectiveness in many countries to teach numeracy and literacy, and the WDR emphasises that entire education systems, rather than individual policies, will need to change to reverse this – an idea that was also identified in the RISE Vision Document, ‘The Pivot from Schooling to Education’.

“The release of the WDR is a milestone in the struggle to prepare the youth of today for the challenges of the world they will face,” says Lant Pritchett, RISE Research Director. “The report focuses on both the need to ‘get education right’ and how to reform education systems to meet the challenge of preparing today’s youth to be tomorrow’s citizens, parents, community members, workers, and leaders.”

The RISE Programme applauds the core messages in the WDR, and will continue to work towards solving the learning crisis through research that gives specific, practical, granular evidence about what works to produce effective education systems to ensure learning for all.

Read the full report and RISE’s commentary on it.