Rapid Impact and Vulnerability Analysis Fund (RIVAF)

In March 2010 UNESCO was awarded funds from the Rapid Impact and Vulnerability Analysis Fund (RIVAF), a project of the United Nations Secretary-General under the Global Pulse initiative in association with the UK Department for International Development (DFID), for a qualitative review of the impact of the global financial crisis on primary schools. The UNESCO–DFID–RIVAF study uses survey research methods and relies on different questionnaires to gather data from school principals, teachers and parents on whether and how conditions of education changed compared with the years before the crisis. It also examines how schools, teachers and parents adapt to the changes brought about by the crisis.

The project targets 12 countries in five regions: two in the Arab States (Mauritania and Jordan), three in Asia (Armenia, Maldives and Cambodia), one in Central and Eastern Europe (Ukraine), three in Latin America and the Caribbean (Mexico, Barbados and Paraguay) and three in sub-Saharan Africa (Botswana, Madagascar and Chad).

The UNESCO-RIVAF study will contribute to the UN Secretary-General's effort to operationalize the Global Pulse system, “a new technology-based service to draw on lessons from past and present global crises to develop the means to detect early impacts of future shocks in time to protect the vulnerable”. Overall, the UNESCO-RIVAF research will generate information that provides micro-level insights into the implications of the global economic crisis for education, especially among vulnerable groups. Besides, it will inform UNESCO Member States about the impact of the crisis on progress towards achieving the MDGs and EFA goals, as invited by the Executive Board and requested by the EFA High Level Group in the 2010 Addis Ababa Declaration.

For this study, UNESCO is working with local and national research institutes with the collaboration of Regional Bureaus, cluster and field offices, Ministries of Education and National Commissions of Member States. The findings will be published in this website as they become available. 

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