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Doing Business As Name:Columbia University
  • Dana S Burde
  • (212) 854-6851
  • Leigh L Linden
Award Date:05/07/2007
Estimated Total Award Amount: $ 99,498
Funds Obligated to Date: $ 99,498
  • FY 2007=$99,498
Start Date:05/15/2007
End Date:04/30/2009
Transaction Type:Grant
Awarding Agency Code:4900
Funding Agency Code:4900
CFDA Number:47.075
Primary Program Source:490100 NSF RESEARCH & RELATED ACTIVIT
Award Title or Description:SGER: Protecting Children from War and Ensuring their Prospects for the Future: Educating in the Context of Crisis and Transition
Federal Award ID Number:0722472
DUNS ID:049179401
Parent DUNS ID:049179401
Program:Political Science
Program Officer:
  • Brian Humes
  • (703) 292-7284

Awardee Location

Street:2960 Broadway
County:New York
Awardee Cong. District:10

Primary Place of Performance

Organization Name:Columbia University
Street:2960 Broadway
County:New York
Cong. District:10

Abstract at Time of Award

A large number of NGO's (non-governmental organizations) espouse egalitarian values. The purpose of their humanitarian aide is to both provide support for people in need as well as attune those individuals to the values of civic society. However, it is essential to distinguish between language and practice. Is the aide actually having the desired impact? Empirically distinguishing between discourse and action (and especially the consequences of such action) is made more difficult by the selection process inherent in administering humanitarian programs. This is particularly true in the context of community based education because families and villages that choose to participate in a given program are likely to be those that already agree with the universal egalitarian values normally espoused by international NGO's. This study employs experimental methods to estimate the causal effects of such a program, avoiding the empirical problems created by the endogenous formation of the community classes. This study involves a humanitarian education program implemented by Catholic Relief Services in Afghanistan beginning in February 2007. Taking advantage of an unusual opportunity to implement a rigorous research design in an early reconstruction context, researchers at Columbia University have formed a partnership with the US-based nongovernmental organization, Catholic Relief Services to implement random assignment of schools and program interventions to eligible villages. As part of the phase-in of this project, 80-100 villages will be initially identified as eligible to receive a community-based school. Half of these villages will be selected to receive a school in April 2007. The study investigates whether community-based education programs can shape the activities of children, teachers, and community members in targeted communities. This study will also provide practical information on the effects of humanitarian aid programs in countries emerging from conflict. The randomized design will allow researchers to identify the effects of educational programs on students' well-being and life chances, and to evaluate the impact of key features of educational programs. This information can be used by policy makers in Afghanistan as well are government officials elsewhere and policymakers involved with NGO's.

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