About


The International Institute of Education for Development (IIED) fosters inclusive, quality educational programs, policies, and practices at all levels from a global perspective. It focuses on strengthening the capacity of governments, institutions, and individuals so that they can further contribute to the development of their communities and countries. It does this through training, projects, events, research, and expert consultancies.


Innovation: Research-driven, culturally-astute impacts
Integrity: Accessibility, accountability, and transparency
Inclusion: A focus on equality and equity
Involvement: Individual and institutional partnerships
Integration: Education with sustainable development


Inequality, poverty, and social inclusion cannot be addressed in isolation. Studies have shown that the two consistent factors which influence sustainable development and economic growth are innovation and education. Our diverse global partnerships and teams ensure that local leaders connect quality education with greater equity and improved standards of living. Whether supporting professional development for educators and other public and private sector professionals, educational exchanges, policy formulation and implementation, or 21st century skill development using ICTs, our work emphasizes local ownership and respect for culture, context, and community.


1.Promote cooperation and exchanges between individuals and institutions within and among different countries to include: higher education faculty, administrators and students; pre-K-12 and vocational teachers; teacher trainers, educationalists, and research scientists 2. Contribute to individual and institutional capacity strengthening with an end to defining or redefining education policies at all levels 3. Contribute to the training of human resources in all areas and at all levels. 4. Promote degree programs, certificate programs, and courses for professional development, updating skills, and acquiring specializations aimed at leaders, public servants, educationalists, professors, teachers, students and other professionals who work in or with state and national governments, international organizations, higher education institutions, schools from pre-school through high school and vocational training, and other sectors related to education. 5. Raise the profile of the teaching profession by providing in addition to solid initial preparation, opportunities for ongoing professional development and by designing accessible, flexible, dynamics and relevant training strategies, using among other means, inquiry and project-based learning and new information and communications technologies. 6. Promote events that encourage dissemination and sharing of innovation, information and technology in education. Target the weak links in the life-long education supply chain, including early-childhood education, after-school programs (emphasizing ICTs, sports, service, a “maker” culture), special education, adult literacy, health. 7. Promote internship experiences in educational institutions, governmental agencies, international organizations, national or multinational companies, and other areas and sectors. 8. Promote joint scientific and technological research, including through innovation, adaptation, and technology transfer initiatives in strategic areas.


Global agencies, Ministries of Education, universities (and university consortia), regional educational authorities, and the private and public sector

IIED uses qualitative and quantitative methods tailored to the specific culture and context of the project. We do not limit our measurement and evaluation to summative assessment, but create rapid feedback loops throughout each project. In addition, IIED has partnerships with software companies and application providers to empower new generations of educators with tools to measure their own effectiveness. All evaluation methodologies are outlined in the MOUs we sign with those seeking to engage our services. We also teach the methodology of evaluation to stakeholders in order to build local and regional capacity.

Sample Module

Lesley Zark
Executive Director, IIED

Padhu Seshaiyer
Academic Coordinator, IIED

Juany Roman Maqueira
Education Director, IIED

Olten Van Genderen
IIED Local Coordinator

Daniela Rosario
IOL Course Coordinator

Yu-Ann Okuma
IIED Administration and Admissions