Education Expenditure Reviews

Expenditure reviews appear to be useful for identifying the flow of public funds and their use. A key finding of most surveys is public resource leakage. They also highlight the problem of delays and bottlenecks, payroll ghosts, equity in resource allocation, information asymmetry and poor record keeping. Challenges highlighted in the literature include: Surveys can… Read more

Early learning: Lessons from scaling up

This edition of Early Childhood Matters looks at the question of how to scale up early learning provision without sacrificing quality. Articles consider lessons that can be learned from national-level experiences in South Africa, Kenya, the US, the UK, Macedonia, Cuba, Chile and Peru, as well as examining lessons at an organisational level with input… Read more

How effective are conditional cash transfers? Evidence from Colombia

Conditional cash transfer (CCT) programmes are becoming an extremely popular tool for improving the education and health outcomes of poor children in developing countries. An incomplete list of countries in which they are being implemented under the support of the World Bank and other international financial institutions includes Mexico, Honduras, Nicaragua, Brazil, Turkey and Mozambique…. Read more

A Framework for Education Quality

A good quality education arises from interaction between three enabling environments: policy, the school, and the home and community. Policies aimed at raising the quality of education for disadvantaged learners in sub-Saharan Africa and other low income contexts need to start by identifying key priorities for a specific national or local context. A framework for… Read more

Ghana Education 2006-2013, Lessons Learned

This short Lessons Learned paper was requested as part of the Project completion Review process of DFID’s Support to the Education Strategic Plan 2006-2013. The education sector looks very different in 2013 from how it did in 2006. The major changes are: over 3 million more children enrolled in basic education (a 70% increase) over… Read more

Education economics. A guide through the subject

The key messages from this topic guide are: Education economics starts from the basis that there are returns to education that increase the wealth and well-being of the educated. Economists view education as a merit good, in that there are externalities or spillovers, meaning returns to education benefit others beyond the person being educated. Government/public… Read more

Low-cost private schools: Evidence, approaches and emerging issues

Over the past five years, a polarised debate about the potential contribution of low-cost private schools (LCPSs) to achieving Education for All (EFA) objectives has received growing coverage in international policy circles. At the heart of this debate are disputed questions about whether these schools are providing quality education, reaching disadvantaged groups, supporting or undermining… Read more

Non-Traditional Financing for Education

Aid to education is declining. Given the success of non-traditional financing in the health sector, the education sector has started to explore its potential to see if it can provide additional and alternative sources of finance to address some of the financing gap. Non-traditional financing is about more than raising additional funds; it is also… Read more

Broadening the Range of Designs and Methods for Impact Evaluations

This study is intended to broaden the range of impact evaluation (IE) designs particularly for difficult to evaluate programmes. The study considered existing IE practice, reviewed methodological literatures and assessed how state-of-the art evaluation designs and methods might be applied. The study has concluded that most development interventions are ‘contributory causes’. They ‘work’ as part… Read more

Education technology in India: designing ed-tech for affordable private schools

This report seeks to understand how education technology solutions can be better designed to serve the needs of stakeholders in Affordable Private Schools (APS) in India. APS provide a low-cost private education to communities in India and throughout the developing world. The report’s research explores the trends and opportunities of education technology (ed-tech) in APS,… Read more

ICT in education policy and practice in developing countries: South Africa and Chile compared through SITES 2006

This paper presents a comparison between South African and Chilean results on SITES (Second Information Technology in Education Study) 2006 study, aiming to show and discuss both disparities and similarities, and trying to explain them through an analysis of their ICT in Education policies and national contexts. Firstly, these policies and contexts portray national backgrounds… Read more

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