Competition launched to honour late Dr Jackie Kirk

Dr Jackie Kirk


A competition to find innovative gender-based research in the field of education in emergencies has been launched to honour Dr Jackie Kirk; killed in 2008 while working for the International Rescue Committee in Afghanistan.

The competition, launched by the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies, is searching for academic papers and case studies documenting innovative gender-responsive research, policy or practice in the field of education in emergencies.


Dr. Kirk who was an extremely active member of INEE and a passionate advocate for quality education in emergencies was tragically killed along with her colleagues Mohammad Aimal, Shirley Case and Nicole Dial.
Through her work with the INEE Gender Task Team which she founded in 2005, the International Rescue Committee, the Inter-Agency Standing Committee’s (IASC) Education Cluster and Gender Sub-Working Group, she helped to improve access to quality and safe education in emergencies for girls and boys, young women and men.

How to enter

Authors can submit work in one of two formats:

An academic paper which examines an issue related to gender and education in emergencies. Academic papers should be no longer that 15 pages, and include a bibliography or reference list.

A case study that documents an innovative programme or policy related to gender and education in emergencies. Case studies should be submitted in the format of the template provided here

The short list of papers and case studies will be published on the INEE website and the winning paper and case study will be honored with a small cash prize of $500 each. Alternatively, winners could choose to donate the funds to one of two funds set-up in honour of the IRC education staff killed last year - more information about these funds is available here.

Please submit queries and/or your completed entries to: robert(at) The deadline is Friday 13 November 2009 and winning entries will be announced in early 2010.

Related Links

The INEE Gender Task Team
Competition call for papers

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