BY NADIA ANGGRAINI. ETHAN HAMILTON, AND DAVID JONASON
M.A. IN INTERNATIONAL POLICY STUDIES, 2016
For their master’s program capstone project, the team partnered with Worldreader, an NGO focused on the distribution of e-readers in developing countries as a means of improving literacy rates and overall classroom engagement. For their capstone project, the team investigated how Worldreader can institutionalize the adoption of e-readers in schools and libraries throughout Ghana.
Due to challenges ranging from lack of government fiscal resources, to poor infrastructure and accessibility, the team found that the client was not well-positioned to scale its program nationwide in Ghana. However, due to the value of the organization’s program in improving literacy, they suggested a few ways it can build its case and capability for nationwide expansion: (1) partner with District Education Offices to roll out its program district by district, and (2) conduct rigorous studies to build sufficient evidence to secure donor funding and government buy-in. “With a robust evidence base and strong district level partnerships, we believe Worldreader will be well positioned to secure support and donor funding to institutionalize e-readers nationally in Ghana,” they wrote.