Our education experts share our global experience at the 2017 Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society in Atlanta, Georgia.


From March 5 through 9, the 2017 Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, bringing together more than 3,000 researchers, students, practitioners, and policymakers from around the world. As a sponsor, Chemonics has two booths and is presenting in 12 sessions that highlight the development impact of our education work.

This year’s theme is “Problematizing (In)Equality: The Promise of Comparative and International Education.” What factors are taken for granted when developing and implementing education programs? What issues are ignored or exacerbated because of assumptions about how to achieve equity in education? Throughout the week, participants explore these questions by networking, sharing case studies, and investigating new approaches.

In addition to this overarching theme, the conference explores six sub-themes, including teaching and learning, development and innovation, and inclusion and exclusion. Throughout the week, our experts discuss a variety of topics, including best practices for monitoring and evaluation, improving gender-sensitive education, and innovations in teacher professional development, sharing our experience working in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Georgia, Morocco, Pakistan, Rwanda, and Zambia.

“We are excited to showcase the work we’re implementing in reading, girls’ and higher education, youth development, and teacher training across the globe,” said Jill Meeks, director of Chemonics’ Education and Youth Practice. “CIES is a key event for academics and practitioners in our field to learn about the most up-to-date research and findings, and to bring this information back to project teams for application in the field.”

Below is the full list of sessions:

To learn more about the 2017 Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, look through the full conference program here. And be sure to follow the social media conversation during CIES on March 5 to 9 using #CIES2017.