HEART Talks

HEART Talks is a series of web-based resources based around short video recordings focusing on the fields of health, education and nutrition. Experts in these fields volunteer their time and expertise in exchange for the opportunity to present their ideas and share information on their subject of interest. The videos are accompanied by key papers, links to relevant documents and other resources.

Julia McGeown on inclusive education

Girl with disability writing on board

Julia McGeown is the Inclusive Education Technical Advisor at Handicap International. In this interview, she talks about the recently published HEART Inclusive Learning Topic Guide. Julia’s work involves overseeing education projects in around 20 countries around the world. Working alongside Dr Susie Miles, Julia used her expertise to assist with the drafting of the Topic [...]

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Richard Rose on inclusive learning in India

Two young mothers learning to write, India

Richard Rose is Professor of Inclusive Education at the University of Northampton. In this interview he talks about inclusive education in India and the Bangalore based Masters programme that he has helped to developed on the topic. He talks about the importance of not imposing a western view of inclusion and western teaching approaches on [...]

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Elaine Unterhalter on girls’ education and gender equality

Child at an outdoor class, Jamaica

In this video, Elaine Unterhalter discusses a rigorous literature review focused on girls’ education and gender equality, which she wrote with colleagues. It was commissioned by the Department for International Development (DFID) as part of a series on education. The central research question that the review set out to investigate concerned the kind of interventions [...]

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Dr Susie Miles introduces the Inclusive Learning Topic Guide

Teacher holding hand of blind student, North Darfur, Sudan

The HEART Topic Guide brings together evidence on what works in inclusive learning for children aged 3 to 12 years with disabilities and/or difficulties in learning in low and middle income countries, and explores the role of inclusive approaches in contributing to inclusive societies and ultimately inclusive growth. Inclusive learning is defined in the Topic [...]

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Maternal mental health in the context of community based home visiting: “Acting urgently, building slowly”

Maternal health and family planning

On 12 June 2014, Professor Mark Tomlinson from Stellenbosch University, South Africa, gave a seminar to DFID health advisors on maternal mental health in the context of community based home visiting. The seminar highlighted that in low and middle income countries women and girls carry a significant care burden. They are twice as likely as [...]

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Learning for earning – the links between learning and economic growth

Primary school children in Saiyaboury, Laos

On 10 June 2014, Andreas Schleicher, a Special Advisor on Education Policy to The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD’s) Secretary-General and Deputy Director for Education, gave a seminar to DFID education advisors in London. The presentation he gave explored how economic development can contribute to eradicating poverty. He argued that education is key [...]

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Dr Laura Day Ashley on the role and impact of private schools in developing countries

akistani Schoolgirl

The UK Department for International Development (DFID) has commissioned a series of rigorous literature reviews focused on different aspects of education. The reviews identify critical evidence gaps to guide future research programmes and present existing evidence for the development of effective interventions. Dr Laura Day Ashley and her colleagues worked on the review focused on [...]

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Assessing voice and accountability in Health, Population and Nutrition Sector Development Programme in Bangladesh

A mother and her infant child at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

At a recent seminar, Mike Naylor, a Principal Consultant for OPM and Director of HEART, presented the findings of an assignment report to DFID. The report was titled ‘Assessing voice and accountability in Health, Population and Nutrition Sector Development Programme (HPNSDP), 2011–2016’. Its purpose was to provide input to the HPNSDP Annual Programme Review in [...]

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DFID research: Rigorous Literature Reviews in Education

Pupil at Beboy Deux school near Paoua, Central African Republic

In 2012 DFID commissioned a series of rigorous literature reviews focused on education and development. The reviews were commissioned to help DFID make decisions on how best to spend funds on education programmes. The reviews identify critical evidence gaps to guide future research programmes and present existing evidence for the development of effective interventions. Each [...]

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Pedagogy, Curriculum, Teaching Practices and Teacher Education in Developing Countries

Teacher and sign language translator teach mathematics, North Darfur, Sudan

The UK Department for International Development (DFID) has commissioned a series of rigorous literature reviews focused on different aspects of education. The reviews identify critical evidence gaps to guide future research programmes and present existing evidence for the development of effective interventions. Dr Jo Westbrook from the University of Sussex and colleagues authored the review [...]

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