Anton de Grauwe
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Capacity development strategies, decentralization policies in education, educational management reforms

Anton De Grauwe leads the Technical Cooperation team and oversees the effectiveness of the technical support to Member States in provision of strategic support to ministries and aid agencies to build sustainable capacity for education sector strategic and operational planning.

With his team, Anton develops contexts specific tools and skills in sector planning and undertakes a portfolio of technical support programmes for strategic planning in a number of countries, including those affected by conflict or fragility.

As a researcher and policy advisor in educational planning and management, he is in charge of a research and training programme on the implementation of decentralization policies in education. In recent years, he has managed various programmes to support educational planning and management, including in Nepal and Ethiopia, and he coordinated a major analysis of capacity development strategies.

Having joined IIEP in 1995, he has been involved in training and research related mainly to improving quality of basic education and to educational management reforms. He has also written and co-ordinated several publications on school supervision and on decentralization.

Prior to joining IIEP, he worked for a few years in the Caribbean as a secondary school teacher and subsequently at the UNESCO Regional Office in Dakar.



PhD from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris, Masters from the London School of Economics, Aggregaat (Post-Graduate), Pedagogy, University of Ghent, Belgium.



  • Education Financing in the Gambia, The Gambia Ministry of Education; UNESCO Regional Office, Dakar, 1993.
  • (Co-editor of) Developments after Jomtien: EFA in the South-East Asia and Pacific Region (Report of a seminar on EFA, organized in Myanmar, March, 1995), IIEP; UNICEF, Paris, 1995.
  • (Co-author of) Current issues in supervision: a literature review. IIEP/UNESCO, Paris, 1997. (A Spanish version was published in 2001).
  • (Co-author of) Supervision and support services in Asia: a comparative analysis. IIEP/UNESCO, Paris, 1998.
  • (Co-editor of) Improving school efficiency: the Asian experience. IIEP/UNESCO, Paris, 2000
  • (Co-author of) Audit of the organization and management of the Grenada Ministry of Education. IIEP/UNESCO; Grenada Ministry of Education, Paris, 2000.
  • Supervision and support services in Eastern and Southern Africa: challenges and reforms.  IIEP/UNESCO, Paris, 2001.
  • (Co-author of) Improving educational planning through GIS: experiences from Ethiopia and Palestine. IIEP/UNESCO, Paris, 2002.
  • School evaluation for quality improvement. IIEP/UNESCO, Paris, 2004.
  • Améliorer l’école dans un contexte de décentralisation, IIEP/UNESCO, Paris, 2006. (An English version is being published: Schools and decentralization: patterns and policy implications in Francophone West-Africa).
  • Renforcer le partenariat école – communauté : Résultats d’une recherche au Bénin, au Niger et au Sénégal. IIEP/UNESCO, Paris, 2008.

Articles in peer-reviewed journals and in encyclopedia

  • Education and political change: the case of Grenada (1979 - 89), in: Comparative Education, vol. 27(3), 1991.
  • Les réformes des services d’inspection : modèles et idéologies, in : Revue Française de Pédagogie, Octobre – Décembre 2003.
  • Improving quality through school-based management: learning from international experiences, in: International Review of Education, vol. 51 (4), 2005.
    Does decentralization lead to school improvement? Findings and lessons from research in West-Africa, in: Journal of Education for International Development, vol. 1(1), 2005.
  • Décentralisation de l’éducation en Afrique francophone de l’Ouest : Réalités et défis au niveau local, in : International Review of Education, vol. 53, n°5-6, 613-638. 2007.
  • District education offices in French-speaking West-Africa: Autonomy, professionalism and accountability, in: Prospects, vol. XXXVII, no.1, 113-125. 2007
  • L’Afrique, l’histoire et le progrès, in : Education & Management, no.35, 2008, p.46-48.
  • L’inspection scolaire, in : Van Zanten, A. et al. Dictionnaire de l’éducation. PUF, 2008, p.289-292.

Selected other noteworthy documents

  • Reforming school supervision for quality improvement. A series of eight self-learning modules. IIEP/UNESCO, Paris, 2007.
  • School monitoring systems and their impact on disparities. Background paper for the EFA Global monitoring report 2009.
  • Analyse des contraintes au développement des capacités et propositions de stratégies au Bénin. Working document. Ministère de l’enseignement primaire; UNESCO, 2008.
  • An analysis of capacity development in education in Vietnam. Working document. Ministry of Education and Training; UNESCO. 2008.