International Institute for Education for Development

Global expertise for quality education throughout Latin America and the Caribbean

A New Model for Education Development

Newly launched, the International Institute for Education for Development (IIED) attracts experienced professionals from the world’s finest universities and organizations.  IIED team leaders engage their extensive networks and affiliations in order to build local leadership and accelerate educational growth throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

 Less Bureaucracy.    More Action.   21st Century Impacts.

Critical Thinking

Critical thinking and problem solving are essential skills for the 21st century. To get there, we must ensure that students can demonstrate their abilities through ICTs, collaboration, creativity, and communication skills so that they can work successfully in a 21st century information-centric world.


Teachers have their fingers on the pulse of a country’s most valuable asset: our children. IIED integrates teacher leadership in classrooms and communities throughout all professional development programs in order to ensure critical thinking and sustainable development.


Educational change requires individual and organizational stakeholders, ranging from the village to the capitol city. We take on only those projects that help build local talent, provide value for those stakeholders, and can be measured, replicable, and scalable

What We Offer

  • Collaborations in academic programs across borders
  • Targeted programs that meet national goals
  • Individual and institutional capacity strengthening
  • Professional training from early childhood to higher education
  • Policy analysis, development, and research
  • Leadership and management initiatives for large-scale impact
  • New resources for managing and administering education

The International Institute for Education for Development (IIED) fosters inclusive, quality educational programs, policies, and practices from a global perspective throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

Our Values

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

Our Approach

The overarching, pressing issues of our time — inequality, poverty, and social inclusion — cannot be addressed in isolation or imported.  Our diverse global partnerships and teams ensure that local leaders connect quality education with greater equity, improved standards of living, and sustainable development.  Whether we are selected to support teacher professional development, educational exchanges, policy formulation and implementation, or evaluation, our work emphasizes local ownership and respect for culture, context, and community.

What kind of clients do you work with?
Global agencies, Ministries of Education, universities (and university consortia), regional educational authorities, and the private and public sector
What is your turnaround time?
Our 3-Phase process (described below) includes a one-month consultation period (to determine feasibility), a 3-month process for project planning, and a 1-2 month period for the first pilot.  This accelerated timeline is made possible by employing the resources of our global network with experience in multiple settings around the world.
Could you provide an example?
Certainly.  In Suriname, the Ministry of Education has been faced with the challenge of developing its corps of emerging and experienced population of teachers with ICT tools they can employ in their classrooms.  The Advanced Teachers College (the institution charged with certifying teachers) has approved a complete bachelor’s degree program in ICT for Education.  Click here for details.
How do you measure impacts?
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.
Example Projects

Getting Started: Our 3-Step Process

After an initial inquiry is made, the International Institute for Education for Development (IIED) convenes its leadership team to determine feasibility and assign a lead liaison. We then collaborate on a phased program that moves from concept to implementation.

Phase One (1 month) to develop the scope of an integrated approach to individual and institutional capacity building; clarity of commitments, personnel, and resources; creating a theory of change

Phase Two (2-3 months) convening local and regional leaders and managers; identifying community assets; building a realistic timeline; determining the budget; and creating feedback loops

Phase Three (implementation stage) ranging from small pilots to large-scale collaborations, policy-development, content and training, formative assessment, and evaluation instruments

Proud Teachers