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Dubai Cares Nigeria: Evidence for Education in Emergencies (E-Cubed)

  • Nigeria
Dubai Cares
2019 - 2022

The Dubai Cares Nigeria: Evidence for Education in Emergencies (E-Cubed) research study examines how participation in nonformal, accelerated education programs shapes adolescent trajectories and outcomes in northeast Nigeria. The study investigates growth in social-emotional skills, learning outcomes, workforce participation, sexual and reproductive health, and educational participation and transition of adolescents participating in FHI 360’s Addressing Education in Northeast Nigeria (AENN) project.

The research grant, awarded to FHI 360 subsidiary FHI Partners, falls under a larger E-Cubed collaboration between the Interagency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) and Dubai Cares that is dedicated to generating evidence on effective preparedness and response strategies. The study places local ownership of research activities at the forefront through a close partnership with the University of Maiduguri. Alongside the university, the FHI 360 team engages local enumerators, researchers and community-based organizations to track adolescents across a 21-month period to understand how outcomes change over time between participants and nonparticipants in the AENN project.

With an experimental research design that includes longitudinal quantitative and qualitative components, the study features structured interviews with 200 participants and 200 comparable nonparticipants and in-depth interviews and home visits with a subsample of 32 selected adolescents. In addition to looking at nonformal accelerated education, the study also explores how trajectories differ across gender, migration status, religion and disability. The study presents an opportunity to generate critical evidence for the education in emergencies sector, where experimental, longitudinal studies on accelerated education programs are scarce and rigorous research is key to helping policymakers, researchers and practitioners better understand how these programs can be more effective.

Dubai Cares

Dubai Cares is a global philanthropic organization based in the United Arab Emirates that works toward providing children and youth in developing countries with access to quality education. Since its inception in 2007, the organization has successfully launched education programs reaching more than 20 million beneficiaries in 60 developing countries. Dubai Cares also plays a key role in helping achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4 on quality education. Learn more.


The Evidence for Education in Emergencies (E-Cubed) Research Fund aims to strengthen the evidence base in EiE by supporting contextually relevant and usable research and disseminating global public goods. Dubai Cares partnered with INEE in 2017 to design and manage this research fund. Learn more.


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