EPM 314 - Education Sector Project Design

4 May 2020 to 15 May 2020
French, English
1800 €

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In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we regret to inform you that our Specialized Courses Programme (SCP) for April-May 2020 have been cancelled. We look forward to being in touch soon with an update on our specialized courses.

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The course will be held in English and French, depending on the number of participants. ease note that the fee for each course offered in the SCP is €1,800. Admitted candidates are allowed to attend the programme only if the required amount has been transferred to IIEP by 1st February 2020.

Course objectives

To provide participants with the necessary competencies and technical skills to design, monitor and evaluate development aid programmes and projects for the education sector.

At the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Analyse the features characterizing the evolving international aid environment, including the new SDG commitments; 
  • Design a project document, applying the Logical Framework Approach (LFA), linked to a Theory of Change; 
  • Use current approaches for programme and project identification, preparation, monitoring and evaluation within a sector-wide planning approach;
  • Explain the conditions that contribute in making project negotiations successful;
  • Present a project proposal in a compelling manner.


1. Aid instruments for education sector development

This component sets the stage by introducing the context in which programme and project design takes place. After a critical review of programme-based approaches and their importance, sector financing is examined (modes of external financing and changing aid instruments, etc.) as well as the different forms of aid. This is mainly through plenary sessions and discussions.  

2. Programming approaches, techniques and tools

This component provides an overview of the main approaches, techniques and tools currently used for the identification, preparation, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of education programmes and projects. The main approach and tool for programme/project identification and design used in the course is the Logical Framework Approach (LFA), but the course also relates the LFA to other approaches to developing theories of change that inform the design of the LFA. Approaches to the monitoring and evaluation of programme/project implementation are presented and discussed. Donor requirements concerning the inclusion of cross-cutting themes in education programmes are analysed using recent examples. Modalities to negotiate project funds with various donor agencies are introduced. This component consists of plenary sessions and a practical exercise. Participants work in groups with an IIEP instructor on the design of a project. As a group, they write a project document. At the end of the course, all teams defend their projects and their presentations are debated. 


No pre-requisites.

Participants' profiles

In addition to the criteria mentioned in the introduction, education development personnel from Ministries of Education and related national organizations, national and international NGOs and development, involved in the preparation, implementation and monitoring of projects or programmes.