IID stresses the importance of a non-partisan approach in policy advocacy, especially in an era marked by heightened political polarization. It significantly boosts the chances of enacting meaningful policy changes and establishes a foundation for more inclusive, solution-focused, and resilient policymaking that can address complex societal issues effectively.

This discussion happened at the “International Conference on Educational Assessment, Policy, and Practice for Strengthening Education Systems,” held from November 28th to 30th, 2023. Falguni Reza, Senior Joint Director of IID joined the conference along with other participants from different South Asian countries.

During the discussion, Ms. Reza mentioned “IID’s nonpartisan approach has been instrumental in facilitating open and candid dialogue, particularly in an environment where policymakers and changemakers often face intense scrutiny”. She further elaborated on how IID fosters a conducive environment for critical policy discourse among high-level political stakeholders. By adhering to the Chatham House Rule to safeguard participants’ anonymity, IID encourages open dialogue, emphasizing the organization’s neutral stance.

In addition, Ms. Reza also talked about IID’s Social Accountability initiatives focusing on the “pebble, rock and boulder” model to illustrate how local initiatives can inspire larger policy changes. While initiating changes on a smaller scale can be beneficial, scaling up is crucial for enhancing its robustness and impact.

This three day-long International Conference was organized by the Street Child in partnership with the Global Partnership for Education, where around 70 CSO resprestatives, educators, government officials and development practioners joined from different Southasian countries.

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