Scaling Workshop in Ivory Coast

The Brookings Institution and the Jacobs Foundation partner to implement a real-time scaling lab to learn from, support, and document the adaptation and scaling of education and early childhood development interventions in cocoa growing communities.

A first workshop with representatives from different areas such as philanthropy, early childhood centers, social enterprises, cocoa and chocolate companies as well as representatives from the Ivorian government is hosted at UNICEF Cote D’Ivoire, Abidjan, from January 29 till 30. The workshop brings together some 60 participants with the overall aim to prepare the stage for the stronger engagement with all parties. The gathering supports the development and scaling up of interventions spanning parenting and early childhood development, primary education, and relevant technical and vocational training.

Emmanuel Ahoutou, Cabinet Director to the Prime Minister.

Brookings and TRECC are putting the spotlight on how to scale up in the education sector including a presentation of key principles. Two group sessions are offered. One session is about challenges and priorities of the government with respect to TRECC’s three areas of intervention: (1) early childhood development, (2) learning to read, write and calculate in primary education, (3) acquiring skills for youth favoring entrepreneurship and employability in rural areas.

The second group session focuses on exploring alignment and adaptations in context of TRECC’s pilot projects contributing to systemic change in Ivory Coast.


The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. The mission is to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level.

TRECC strives to improve the living conditions of all children and youth in Ivory Coast through high-quality education. Our goal is to enable children and youth to lead healthy and fulfilling lives, respond to local and global challenges, pursue the activities they value, and reach their full potential.