Khalil Mahshi, IIEP's Director (on the left) and Yves Boudot, Director of the Department for Sub-Saharan Africa at the French Agency for Development (on the right)

The Pôle de Dakar joins IIEP

The Institute extends its scope and its action in Africa

An agreement sealing the integration of Pole de Dakar within IIEP was signed on Wednesday, 9 October 2013, at UNESCO Headquarters, by Mr Khalil Mahshi, Director of IIEP, and Mr Yves Boudot, Director of the Department for Sub-Saharan Africa at the French Agency for Development (AFD), in the presence of Mr Qian Tang, Assistant Director-General for Education of UNESCO, and Ms Pascale Trimbach, Chargée d’Affaires at the Permanent Delegation of France to UNESCO.

A platform of experts created by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2001 and financed by AFD, the Cluster of Sectoral Analysis in Education, known as Pôle de Dakar, was formed to follow up the process launched by the Dakar Forum in 2000. “AFD, as UNESCO, operates tirelessly to support countries in their efforts to provide quality education for all”, declared Yves Boudot.

Pôle de Dakar provides sub-Saharan countries with technical support in the field of education, specifically the conduct of analyses and sectoral strategies, and helps them with requests for external funding. After being attached to the Africa Regional Office of UNESCO in Dakar (BREDA ) in 2001, the Pôle de Dakar is now institutionally and administratively attached to IIEP. “Enhanced expertise is needed to analyse and to plan sectoral policies, and to design tools for sustainable capacity development of national staff. IIEP has developed these skills for 50 years and is active in all continents. The Pôle de Dakar has devoted its work for 12 years focusing on Africa, especially sub-Saharan Africa. It was natural that these two institutions join forces" stated Yves Boudot. Pôle de Dakar and its 12 staff members will remain in Dakar, Senegal, and will be funded by AFD up to US$6.4 million over the period 2014-2017.

Within IIEP, the main mission of the Pôle de Dakar will be to support African countries in developing "credible development plans for educational systems". It will provide: technical support for education sector diagnosis, and tools for planning, capacity development activities, and the production of knowledge to improve the quality and sustainability of social, economic, and financial education and training policies.

With this agreement, our two entities bring mutual reinforcement to their work and develop new and positive synergies within and for Africa” declared Mr Khalil Mahshi. The integration of the Pôle de Dakar within IIEP supports the Institutes’ strategic orientations of the next Medium-Term Strategy (2014-2018). It strengthens IIEP’s activities in Africa, one of UNESCO's priorities, and provides a physical presence on the continent. The integration also strengthens the Institute’s ties with France, which hosts (free of charge) IIEP’s headquarters, in Paris.