Guidelines for Education Sector Plan Preparation and Appraisal
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One year ago, IIEP released its Guidelines for Education Sector Plan Preparation and Appraisal, designed in partnership with the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). Written to assist countries in preparing credible education plans, it also serves as a guide to development partners in appraising such plans.
At the turn of the new century, at the World Education Forum (Dakar, 2000), the international community pledged that no country with a credible plan to achieve EFA should be prevented from reaching this goal by a lack of resources. Consequently, many countries now see the development of an education sector plan (ESP) as a priority, and they receive significant support from their development partners. The consensus on the need for credible ESPs is strong. But what exactly are the characteristics of a “credible” plan? What are the necessary steps in its preparation? Is there a model that must be followed, and, if so, what does it look like? Who should be involved in its preparation? IIEP’s Guidelines offer answers to these difficult questions.
Over the past year, the Guidelines have been used in several countries. IIEP and GPE are currently in the process of revising the document to make it even more effective and useful. To this end, a survey has been developed to discover how the guidelines have been used and where there might be room for improvement. We would be most grateful if individuals who have been involved in the preparation of a sector plan, or have used or consulted the guidelines, would complete the survey.
All responses will be carefully reviewed and taken into consideration during the revision of the Guidelines, to ensure that the new edition will be as useful, effective, and user-friendly, as possible. We value your feedback!