A New Tool to Build Solid Education Sector Plans


New guidelines are blueprint for analyzing and monitoring the education sector

Each of the 59 developing countries that joined the Global Partnership for Education has designed education sector strategies endorsed by its local partners. Most of them were based on a thorough assessment of the country education sector’s strengths and weaknesses.

The new GPE funding model approved in 2014 requires countries applying for a program implementation grant to carry out an education sector analysis to support the development or revision of an education sector plan.

This is why GPE partners have updated a decision-making tool to help governments diagnose their systems, generate evidence-based policy dialogue and inform their policy reforms.  The revision involved a group of 25 education economists and was possible thanks to the technical and financial support of UNESCO, UNICEF, the World Bank, the Global Partnership for Education Secretariat.

The new “EducationSectorAnalysis: MethodologicalGuidelines” are an update of the methodology developed in 1999 and inspired by economic education analyses. At least 70 Country Status Reports (CSR) on education in more than 40 countries have used these guidelines. The CSRs have been instrumental for the preparation and monitoring of education sector plans and have assisted countries as they accessed funding for their implementation.

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