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Title:Financing Education in Africa: Need for Improved Aid Coordination
Author:English, L.
Periodical:Africa Development: A Quarterly Journal of CODESRIA (ISSN 0850-3907)
Geographic terms:Subsaharan Africa
Subjects:educational cooperation
educational financing
Education and Oral Traditions
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/24486870
Abstract:Improving education in the countries of sub-Saharan Africa will require significantly increased financial resources for primary education and a better use of resources currently allocated to education. The underfinancing of the recurrent costs of educational investments has also been a chronic problem for some time. The first section of this paper summarizes the implications structural adjustment policies implemented in the 1980s have had for education as part of the public sector. The second sector examines some major issues currently confronting donors and African ministries, in particular issues associated with the financing of recurrent costs. It signals budget management problems of ministries of education related to the lack of technical capacity to prepare budget estimates, and it reviews the role of governments and donors. The activities of donors should aim at building the capacity to manage budgets, making available the necessary information on which to build budgets, improving aid coordination between donors and ministries of education, and making available information about community involvement in the budgeting and planning exercise and the (potential) role of the private sector in the delivery of education services. Bibliogr., notes, sum. in French.