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The Centre for Education and International Development is no longer active.

The projects developed during the life of the Centre have now been archived and their respective webpages will no longer be maintained. Enquiries about the projects should be directed to the REAL Centre (

Centre for Education and International Development

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Education plays a central role in the development of nations. The Centre for Education and International Development (CEID) investigates the many ways in which this occurs. It seeks to explain patterns of access, quality and outcomes of education in developing countries, and to demonstrate how they can be improved. Recognizing that education is a target for much development assistance, the Centre examines new aid approaches which can help to improve its educational impact.


A focus for its work is the Research Consortium on Educational Outcomes and Poverty (RECOUP) - a multi-disciplinary research team comprising seven institutions in India, Pakistan, Ghana, Kenya and UK, co-ordinated and led by the Centre. RECOUP investigates how education affects the lives and livelihoods of people living in poorer communities in the South, and the policy interventions that might best support them. Graduate students are supervised by staff affiliated to the Centre, it has an extensive publications programme and hosts a book series entitled Routledge Studies in Education, Poverty and International Development (edited by Madeleine Arnot and Christopher Colclough).

The CEID provides a natural home for multi-national research partnerships and is well-placed to exert research-led influence on educational policy in the countries of the South, and amongst the international community.

How to Find Us

The Centre is based at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. More information and how to reach us is on the Faculty website.


Centre for Education and International Development
184 Hills Road