Jan van Ravens, Doctorandus



Jan van Ravens’ present area of work is the development of strategies and scenarios to expand and improve early childhood services in low and middle income countries*. The emphasis is on policy development, planning and finance. Scientific evidence is being used for political breakthroughs. Partners include international organizations such as UNICEF, World Bank, UNESCO and Aga Khan Foundation, as well as ministries and civil society organizations in the countries. His mission is (i) to draw lessons from these country projects; (ii) to develop tools and methodologies; and eventually (iii) to arrive at more general recommendations for consensus building and policy development in early childhood development.

His former positions include (i) Senior Policy Analyst in a UNESCO-based team that issues the annual Education for All Global Monitoring Reports, (ii) Head of Multilateral Affairs in the Netherlands Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, and (iii) Policy Coordinator for Higher Education and Lifelong Learning in the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs. Having participated in OECD- and EU-networks, Jan sees international comparison as an important means to understand and improve the functioning of education, health and other public service systems.

Select Publications

Van Ravens, J. (2011). Programa de Inversiones en la Primera Infancia en Panama. UNICEF Office, Panama City

Van Ravens, J. (2010). Fair Play. A financially feasible plan for equal access to Early Childhood Programs in the Republic of Macedonia. UNICEF Office, Slopje

Van Ravens, J. (2009). Holistic early childhood development for all in Indonesia: Supporting communities to close the gap. UNICEF Office, Jakarta

Van Ravens, J. (2009). Early Childhood Development in Nepal: Expansion, inclusion, quality. A study to support the further development of Nepal’s national policy for early childhood. UNICEF Office, Kathmandu

Van Ravens, J. (2008). Scenarios for Early Childhood Development in Armenia. Financial and legal analysis of National Preschool Education Programmes, Policies and Strategies in the Republic of Armenia. UNICEF Office, Yerevan

Van Ravens, J. (2008). Expanding ECCE in Bangladesh: It can be done. UNESCO Office, Dhaka

Van Ravens, J., & Aggio, C. (2008). Expanding early childhood care and education: How much does it cost? A proposal for a methodology to estimate the costs of ECCE at macro-level, applied to the Arab States. Bernard van Leer Foundation, The Hague.

Van Ravens, J., & Aggio, C. (2006). The costs and the funding of non-formal literacy programmes in Brazil, Burkina Faso and Uganda, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, Hamburg

Van Ravens, J., & Aggio, C. (2005). The costs of Goal 4 and LIFE. Estimation of the costs of improving literacy rates by 50%. Commissioned paper for the Education for All Global Monitoring Report (4th edition).

Van Ravens, J. (2002). Towards a framework for assessment practices in the context of work and learning: Measuring human competence. In: Lifelong Learning: Which Ways Forward? Ed. Danielle Colardyn, Lemma, Utrecht

Van Ravens, J. (2001). Adult learning in the knowledge society. In: The Economics and Financing of Adult Learning. Ed. Madhu Singh, UNESCO Institute for Education, Hamburg

Van Ravens, J. (1998). The Franchise Model: Refinancing higher education for lifelong learning. In: European Journal of Education (33,1) Paris

* It concerns the following countries: Albania, Armenia, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Laos, Macedonia, Nepal, Nigeria, Panama, Romania, Serbia and Tanzania.