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Global Reading Network Members

The Network is comprised of practitioners, international development agencies, governments, teachers associations, academics, civil society organizations, donor organizations, UN agencies, and other stakeholders. The diversity of our membership is one of the Network's greatest strengths, enabling us to bring together professionals from all over the world to improve children's reading. Membership to the Network is open to anyone who joins the mailing list via the website, monthly newsletter, or by email.

Members participate in the Network by:

  • Communicating and collaborating with Network members.

  • Attending regional meetings.

  • Engaging in learning events organized through the Secretariat.

  • Using the website to access and share knowledge.

Our membership has grown organically through our mailing list, monthly newsletter, and attendance at monthly webinars.


The GRN Steering Committee

The primary purpose of the GRN Steering Committee, as the Global Reading Network reaches Year 5 of its operation, is to provide strategic direction to GRN in establishing and implementing a sustainability plan. This plan will take into consideration the extensive professional development, research, advocacy and partnership interests and needs of both the USAID community and the broader GRN community.

In 2017-18, the Steering Committee's main responsibilities include:

  • Providing strategic direction to the USAID Reading Team on shaping the objectives and primary functions of the Reading Community of Practice (COP);
  • Recommending and cultivating engagement of Ministries of Education in the Reading COP;
  • Supporting the GRN Secretariat in increasing engagement by selected global/regional networks with the eventual Reading COP in a manner that serves the essential needs of USAID-funded programs; and
  • Identifying areas of GRN community support which could be best or better served by existing global/regional networks serving the reading/literacy field, and as possible, cultivate partnership opportunities.

Additional information on GRN governance and sustainability can be found here.


Current Steering Committee members include:

Felicia Boakye-Yiadom (Ghana), Acting Executive Secretary of Ghana

Margaret (Peggy) Dubeck (USA), Senior Literacy Researcher at RTI International

Jennifer Glennie (South Africa), Director of the African Storybook Initiative

Young-Suk Kim (USA), Coauthor of GRN's Landscape Report on Early Grade Literacy Skills

Mark Lynd (USA), President of School-to-School International

Emily Miksic (USA), Technical Advisor in Literacy and Evaluation at FHI360

Dina Joana Ocampo (Philippines), Professor at the University of the Philippines

Aliou Sow (Guinea), Founder of the Editions Ganndal publishing firm in Guinea


To read more about their professional backgrounds, click here