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FTI AS A CATALYST FOR REFORM: Madagascars Experience October 13, 2005 8th Annual NETF Seminar.

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1 FTI AS A CATALYST FOR REFORM: Madagascars Experience October 13, th Annual NETF Seminar

2 Qualifying for FTI - Timeline October 2003: Madagascar presented first Education for All plan to donors as part of larger development strategy. Donors encouraged Madagascar to apply for Fast Track Initiative (FTI) and advocated on its behalf. October 2003: Madagascar presented first Education for All plan to donors as part of larger development strategy. Donors encouraged Madagascar to apply for Fast Track Initiative (FTI) and advocated on its behalf. Conditions Met: Conditions Met: –Completed PRSP –Sectoral program including Education for All plan –Commitment of sufficient national resources –Consultation with all stake holders, including civil society, during formulation of reform strategy –Financial partners brought together to oversee spending

3 FTIs Catalytic Fund December 2004: Madagascar determined eligible for FTIs catalytic fund, having an approved EFA plan and identified funding gap December 2004: Madagascar determined eligible for FTIs catalytic fund, having an approved EFA plan and identified funding gap February 2005: Ministry of Education launched joint development and appraisal of EFA plan with 12 local donors to meet FTI requirements February 2005: Ministry of Education launched joint development and appraisal of EFA plan with 12 local donors to meet FTI requirements March 2005 : Ministry of Education hosted workshop to develop EFA implementation plan and met with FTI Secretariat in Washington March 2005 : Ministry of Education hosted workshop to develop EFA implementation plan and met with FTI Secretariat in Washington

4 April 2005 : EFA implementation plan approved by 24 donor partners committed to increasing their local support to EFA plan by over $US10 million April 2005 : EFA implementation plan approved by 24 donor partners committed to increasing their local support to EFA plan by over $US10 million May 2005 : Final request for funding submitted to FTI Secretariat in Washington May 2005 : Final request for funding submitted to FTI Secretariat in Washington July 2005 : FTI committee approves US$10 million for Madagascar for 2005 under the catalytic fund and US$25 million for 2006 July 2005 : FTI committee approves US$10 million for Madagascar for 2005 under the catalytic fund and US$25 million for 2006 July-August 2005: preparations for disbursement of funds July-August 2005: preparations for disbursement of funds October 2005: US$6 million of funding received October 2005: US$6 million of funding received FTIs Catalytic Fund (2)

5 FTI as Catalyst for Reform Possibility of increased donor support encouraged government of Madagascar to embark on bold reforms Possibility of increased donor support encouraged government of Madagascar to embark on bold reforms FTI planning process put Ministry of Education in FTI planning process put Ministry of Education in leadership role FTI mechanism requires donor coordination on the ground FTI mechanism requires donor coordination on the ground FTI provides flexible funding FTI provides flexible funding

6 FTI Encouraged Bold Reforms 2003 GOM cancelled school fees -- 1 million additional children enrolled 2003 GOM cancelled school fees -- 1 million additional children enrolled 2003 GOM provided school kits to all primary school students (3.5 million); 2004, 1.2 million school kits to new entrants; 2005, 1 million school kits to new entrants 2003 GOM provided school kits to all primary school students (3.5 million); 2004, 1.2 million school kits to new entrants; 2005, 1 million school kits to new entrants 2005 recruitment of 7,600 new local level teachers (non- State employees) 2005 recruitment of 7,600 new local level teachers (non- State employees)

7 Ministry of Education as Leader Joint development and appraisal process led by Ministry of Education Joint development and appraisal process led by Ministry of Education Shift from donor-driven projects to support of national EFA plan Shift from donor-driven projects to support of national EFA plan Participative process required Participative process required Focus on capacity building at Ministerial level Focus on capacity building at Ministerial level

8 Promotes Donor Coordination Process required local donor commitment -- UNICEF and World Bank as prime coordinators Process required local donor commitment -- UNICEF and World Bank as prime coordinators Established permanent system for consultation on EFA plan implementation and review Established permanent system for consultation on EFA plan implementation and review Donor financing combined at local level Donor financing combined at local level

9 Flexible Funding Shift to budget support makes building new classrooms and paying teacher salaries possible Shift to budget support makes building new classrooms and paying teacher salaries possible Donors supporting areas of intervention not specific activities Donors supporting areas of intervention not specific activities Donor financing of EFA plan, rather than donor projects, makes Ministry of Education responsible for use of funds Donor financing of EFA plan, rather than donor projects, makes Ministry of Education responsible for use of funds

10 EFA Priorities: EFA Priorities: Improve overall quality of education system Improve overall quality of education system Step up efforts to reduce repetition (30% 2004) and reduce drop-out rates Step up efforts to reduce repetition (30% 2004) and reduce drop-out rates Recruit and train new teachers Recruit and train new teachers Build new classrooms and provide new materials Build new classrooms and provide new materials Introduce competency-based pedagogy and update curriculum Introduce competency-based pedagogy and update curriculum Reduce disparity between rural and urban area Reduce disparity between rural and urban area Implement school-based strategy to fight HIV/AIDS Implement school-based strategy to fight HIV/AIDS Develop national school nutrition policy Develop national school nutrition policy Strengthen capacity of the Ministry of Education Strengthen capacity of the Ministry of Education

11 How will Catalytic Fund financing be used in 2005? Support teachers who are not state employees (hired by Parent Teacher Organizations) Support teachers who are not state employees (hired by Parent Teacher Organizations) Reduce inequities and aid the most at-risk schools Reduce inequities and aid the most at-risk schools Develop new teaching materials Develop new teaching materials Improve the management of the reform effort Improve the management of the reform effort

12 Conclusion FTI planning process as catalyst for reform FTI planning process as catalyst for reform EFA implementation as catalyst for further reform EFA implementation as catalyst for further reform


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