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UK government reviews aid programmes – what do we think?

Andrew Mitchell MPOn Tuesday Andrew Mitchell MP, Secretary of State for International Development announced the results of his Department’s multilateral and bilateral aid reviews. An overview of the results is available here. The reviews were established shortly after the Coalition Government was formed to look at all areas of the Department’s work and make recommendations for changes to make it more effective. The results are the most comprehensive overview we have yet seen of the Government’s approach to international development and therefore the announcement is an important milestone.

Overall RESULTS strongly welcomes the reviews. It is crucial that UK support for developing countries is focused on truly achieving results for poor people and supporting their own efforts to escape poverty. The top-line results that the Department has committed to delivering through both multilateral and bilateral channels over the next four years to 2015 are:

  • Secure schooling for 11 million children
  • Help vaccinate more children against preventable diseases than there are people in the whole of England
  • Provide access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation to more people than there are in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Save the lives of 50,000 women in pregnancy and childbirth
  • Stop 250,000 newborn babies dying needlessly
  • Support 13 countries to hold freer and fairer elections
  • Help 10 million more women get access to modern family planning
  • Provide 50 million people with the means to help work their way out of poverty [by providing them with access to financial services]
  • Stop 10 million more children going hungry
  • Help halve malaria deaths in 10 of the worst affected countries
  • Help millions of poor people protect their livelihoods from the impact of climate change.

Below we discuss the two reviews in more detail, and while we are broadly supportive of their contents we raise a few questions on specific decisions, as well as pointing out the need for further information on funding decisions and the specifics of country-level programmes. Continue reading

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UNESCO reports world is off-track to reach education for all

Global Monitoring Report coverThe 2011 UNESCO Global Monitoring Report (GMR) was released on Tuesday. The report, which is released annually, details progress toward achieving the Education for All (EFA) Goals. The good news from this year’s report is that the number of out-of-school children in 2008 reduced to 67 million, from 72 million the year before. However, the reduction is slowing and there may be more children out of school by 2015 than there are today if more is not done.

In addition, each year’s report addresses a focus theme, which in 2011 is education and conflict in fragile states. The report, called “The Hidden Crisis: Armed Conflict in Education”, points out that the provision of universal education is seriously hampered by armed conflict, war and civil unrest.  With half of all out-of-school kids living in conflict affected or fragile countries, this issue needs to be addressed and taken seriously. Continue reading

UK Education Aid Is Making Significant Impact in India

Professor Geeta Kingdon from the Department of Education Economics and International Development at the Institue Of Education (IOE), University of London has suggested that UK education aid has contributed to India’s opportunities for underprivileged school children.  Recently, there has been controversy in the press regarding the UK Government’s commitment of £1 billion to support educational provision in India over a five year period.

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RESULTS attends ‘Future by Us’ Summit on education in Nigeria

Future by UsLast week RESULTS staff were privileged to attend a three day summit, entitled “The Future By Us” organised by the Nigerian High Commission on how the Nigerian community both within the country and in the UK can help to get Nigeria’s failing education system back on track. The summit grew out of a meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Education for All, convened by RESULTS in December, which looked at the same topic. Excitingly, the Summit is not the end for the process – the conveners envisage creating a community of people involved in the sector who can work together to push for the major changes that are needed. Continue reading

APPG on Global Education for All hears from head of key education funding body

Carol BellamyYesterday the APPG on Global Education for All, a group of parliamentarians working to promote education for all around the world which RESULTS supports by providing a Secretariat, were visited by Carol Bellamy. Carol is Chair of the Board of the Education for All Fast Track Initiative (FTI).

The FTI is a global education partnership between donor and developing countries, which provides roughly $300 million annually in grant funding for national education strategies in low income countries. It is one of the leading international forums helping to achieve education for all, and is based on a ‘compact’ of mutual accountability. Under these agreements developing nations are responsible for taking ownership of crafting national education plans, with budget accountability and a greater commitment of political and financial resources, while donor countries commit to providing the additional technical know-how and funding required. This is designed to ensure that no country that has met its obligations would fail for lack of resources or technical capacity. Continue reading

More parliamentary answers on education in Nigeria

Alison McGovern MP asks a question

Alison McGovern MP asks a question at APPG event

Two weeks ago we reported that several MPs tabled parliamentary questions on the UK government’s support for education in Nigeria in response to a breakfast meeting hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Education for All. Over the last two weeks responses have been coming through, and they paint an interesting and encouraging picture. Continue reading

MPs speak up for education in Nigeria

Following a roundtable meeting on ‘Engaging the community in delivering education for all: the case of Nigeria’ held by the APPGs on Global Education for All and on Nigeria in December, three MPs have tabled parliamentary questions asking the government about their support to education in Nigeria.

Nigeria has the largest number of out of school children of any country in the world – over 8 million according to the latest figures. The UK Department for International Development currently provides support to education in Nigeria through the ‘Education Sector Support Programme in Nigeria’ (ESSPIN), which is largely managed through NGOs. There is a big focus on girls’ education, which is a particular issue in large areas of northern Nigeria, and the programme also aims to increase community participation in education. Continue reading