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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Being an Echidna Global Scholar at the Brookings Institution has been a life-changing and career-defining time in my life. The experience enabled me, not only to contribute to the global discourse on girls’ education, but also to sharpen my research skills and expand my network. I am appreciative of everyone who has been part of this journey with me. This paper would not have been possible without the guidance and support from Rebecca Winthrop, Jeni Gamble, Christina Kwauk, Amanda Braga, Barbara Koeppel, Judy Meehan, Aline Pognonec, Helyn Kim, Laura Mooney (Library Services), the rest of the team at the Center for Universal Education (CUE) as well as the broader Global Economy and Development unit of Brookings. I am also indebted for the ways you tried to make me less homesick—the potluck lunches, the baseball match, the winter-wear exchange, and the Halloween party (among other things). I am grateful to my employer, CARE International in Zimbabwe through the leadership of the Country Director, Philip Christensen, for supporting my journey to Brookings and for placing women and girls at the centrer of all that we do. Special thanks to all my team members on the IGATE team (Improving Girls Access through Transforming Education) for your contributions and words of encouragement, and for the collective passion for girls’ education that we share. I also wish to thank the education team in the CARE USA, Atlanta office for being there to “cheer” me on and to colleagues in the CARE USA, Washington DC office for making me feel at home. There are many others I need to mention: Many thanks to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education in Zimbabwe, Dr. S.J. Utete-Masango, as well as her team and other stakeholders for meeting with Jeni Gamble, Associate Director (CUE) during her visit to Zimbabwe. I am especially thankful to the program participants who offered important ideas about the link between girls’ education and droughts; and to Bonface Mugova, IG- ATE facilitator for CARE, for enduring my extended field visits in your district. I wish to acknowledge World Vision International, the lead agency of the IGATE Consortium, for the amazing girls’ education work I am part of in Zimbabwe—thank you for supporting my participation in the residency at Brookings. My entire family is pivotal in everything that I do. I thank my siblings and especially my father, Nicholas Chitiyo, for believing in girls’ education all those years ago and investing in mine! I thank my children, Rutendo Robyn Alana, Rufaro Morleen, and Kundiso Kyle, for your unconditional love. And I thank all my friends, those who stood by me from start to finish, those who affirmed me even when I doubted myself and those who believed in me without flinching—I will continue to cherish our friendship for all the days of my life. Finally, this journey would not have been possible without the generous financing from Echidna Giving, for which I am forever grateful. A Framework for Building Resilience to Climate Change through Girls’ Education Programming Center for Universal Education i