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Enjoy an insightful look into the positive transformations taking place in projects around the world. Perspectives from the beneficiaries, partners, donors and staff are combined to provide an inside look at the approaches, engagement and results. Creative’s special reports include videos, feature stories, photos, blogs and more.


TAJIKISTAN: Keeping Kids in Class with After-School Support

Instructional Systems

Tajik’s educational system, overburdened due to high enrollment, struggled with retention, especially during Grade 9, the last year of compulsory education. Through the Student Motivation Learning Program, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, an Early Warning System and an after-school tutoring program were established to identify and support students at-risk of dropout.... Read More



TANZANIA: Promoting reading through tech & teacher training

Instructional Systems

Tanzania’s 2002 decision to offer free primary education led to a surge in school enrollment—jumping from only 59 percent of primary school-aged students enrolled in 2000 to 96 percent in 2010 on the mainland and nearly 80 percent on Zanzibar. More students in school did not result in better achievement. In 2013, only 5 percent of Tanzanian first graders could pass a Swahili test.... Read More



TIMOR-LESTE: Communities and Schools Together Invest in Student Education

Instructional Systems

In Timor-Leste, students are more than twice as likely to drop out in Grades 4-6 as they are later in their academic careers. The School Dropout Prevention Pilot, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, aims to reduce that trend through an Early Warning System and extra-curricular activities. Engagement of students, educators, parents and community members are at the heart of the program.... Read More



WASHINGTON, D.C.: Reducing Conflict By Identifying Causes, Building Bridges


Conflict is one of the primary obstacles to successful development work. The most well-meaning, best-designed development activity may inadvertently exacerbate conflict. Creative has a deep understanding of conflict dynamics and the underlying forces that drive them. The organization applies its operational expertise with theories of change analytics to identify the root causes specific to a conflict and design customized programming that is regionally and culturally appropriate to address them.... Read More



ZAMBIA: Turning the page for better schools

Instructional Systems

Some 35 percent of Zambians ages 15 to 24 are illiterate—the highest rate in Southern Africa. The Zambian government and USAID are teaming up with communities, schools and parents to boost literacy through quality curriculum and improving overall school effectiveness. See how this whole school, whole teacher, whole learner approach is spreading a culture of reading and keeping students on track in and out of the classroom. ... Read More