Anton de Grauwe IIEP-UNESCO technical cooperation team leader
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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.



  • (Co-author of) Améliorer l’école dans un contexte de décentralisation, IIEP/UNESCO, Paris, 2006. (English version, published in 2010).
  • (Co-author of) Capacity development in educational planning and management: learning from successes and failures. IIEP/UNESCO, Paris, 2009.
  • Without capacity, there is no development. IIEP/UNESCO, Paris, 2009.
  • (Co-author of) Renforcer le partenariat école – communauté: Résultats d’une recherche au Bénin, au Niger et au Sénégal. IIEP/UNESCO, Paris, 2010. 
  • (Co-author of) Transformer la planification et la gestion de l'éducation au Bénin par le renforcement des capacités: analyser les contraintes, identifier des solutions. IIEP/UNESCO, Paris, 2010. 
  • (Co-author of) Strengthening local actors: the path to decentralizing education. Kenya, Lesotho, Uganda. IIEP/UNESCO, Paris, 2011.
  • (Co-author of) Elaboration du cadre normatif dans une approche sectorielle de l'éducation en République démocratique du Congo: enjeux, défis et perspectives; une étude de cas. UIL/IIEP, Hamburg, Paris, 2014. 
  • (Co-author of) Improving school financing: the use and usefulness of school grants: lessons from East Asia and the Pacific. IIEP/UNESCO, Paris, 2016 (translated into French)
  • The use and usefulness of school grants. Improving school financing  and accountability in five African countries. IIEP/UNESCO, Paris, 2019.


  • 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 défi au niveau local, in : International Review of Education, vol. 53, n°5-6, 613-638. 2007.
  • Transforming School Supervision into a Tool for Quality Improvement, in : International Review of Education, vol. 53, n°5-6, 709-714. 2007.
  • District education offices in French-speaking West-Africa: Autonomy, professionalism and accountability, in: Prospects, vol. XXXVII, no.1, 113-125. 2007. 
  • L’inspection scolaire, in : Van Zanten, A. et al. Dictionnaire de l’éducation. PUF, 2008, p.385-387. 
  • School monitoring systems and their impact on disparities. Background paper for the EFA Global monitoring report 2009. 
  • Contextes et comparaisons. La nécessité de comparer ce qui est apparemment incomparable, in : Education comparée (nouvelle série), no.3, p. 93-112. 2010
  • Educational marginalization in national education plans. Background paper for the EFA global monitoring report 2010.
  • The decentralization of education and corruption. In: Global Corruption Report: Education, published by Transparency International, p. 27 – 31. 2013
  • The impact of the EFA agenda: comparing national education plans before and after Dakar. Background paper for the EFA global monitoring report 2015.

Selected other noteworthy documents

  • (Co-author of) Guidelines for Education Sector Plan Preparation. GPE,  IIEP/UNESCO, Washington DC, Paris, 2015; and Guidelines for Transitional  Education Plan Preparation, GPE, IIEP/UNESCO, Washington DC, Paris, 2016.
  • Reforming school supervision for quality improvement. A series of eight self-learning modules. IIEP/UNESCO, Paris, 2007. 
  • How can ministries monitor and evaluate education policies and plans? Assessment of the Ministries of Education in Tanzania and Zanzibar, and proposals for reform. Reports produced for the MoEVT, Tanzania Mainland and the MoEVT, Zanzibar.