We have been delighted by the response to the launch of our design guide last October. Over the past 2 years, we have engaged with over 500 stakeholders, including governments, donor organizations, service providers, investors, intermediaries, evaluators and educators. These discussions have been invaluable. We have reinforced our knowledge and diversified our understanding of the educational challenges facing Africa and the Middle East, and the multitude of initiatives that are trying to tackle the learning crisis.
It has become increasingly clear that we need to integrate and coordinate activities through the Education Outcomes Fund. We need to work hand-in-hand with host governments to design programs that help to deliver their national educational priorities. Ultimately, governments are the stewards of their educational systems. Our work will support governments in achieving their goals by collaborating with a range of education stakeholders and coordinating non-state actors.
We published the design guide online and at the same time asked the education, government and investment sectors to respond through an online consultation. We were delighted to see that so many people responded and that many saw the Education Outcomes Fund as a “game changing model”. There were insightful contributions about how to measure impact properly, how to work with other humanitarian initiatives for disadvantaged groups and how to align non-state actors, who play an important role in many MEA countries, to national priorities and oversight. This feedback has been immensely valuable; consultation responses will help to further refine our model and shape our evolving approach.
We want to thank everyone who has taken part in helping us draft and develop the design guide. We look forward to continuing the conversation as we move towards launching our first program in Ghana.