Reforming education in fragile and conflict-affected states
CfBT has more than 20 years of experience in supporting education reform in fragile and conflict-affected states. We work with governments and other partners to minimise negative impact on children and their education.
Almost half of all the primary school age children in the world who are out of school are living in conflict-affected, low-income countries. At CfBT we believe we have a moral duty to help these children. As a result we have developed leading edge expertise in supporting education reform in situations where there is a recent history of political violence and government fragility.
Expertise and policy-based research
CfBT has more than 20 years of operational experience in supporting education reform in fragile and conflict-affected states. We have expertise in the analysis of the complex set of factors that determine an education system's ability to implement effective reform. We are global thought leaders around issues such as political economy analysis for the education sector and the role of the education sector in state-building. Our expertise derives from our operational experience coupled with a significant portfolio of policy-based research for donors.
We have undertaken major strategic research partnerships with the Brookings Institution and UNESCO's International Institute for Educational Planning, see the Building effective teacher salary systems in fragile and conflict-affected states report. Partnership with these leading bodies has brought complementary skills to the investigation of vital issues of educational service delivery and good practice in these challenging contexts. Find out more about our partnership with IIEP-UNESCO.
Education and fragility
CfBT is an active member of the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) Working Group on Education and Fragility; visit the INEE website (opens in a new window). We played a leading role in the Working Group's workstream on education finance; we wrote the INEE Guidance Notes on teacher compensation in situations of fragility, displacement and post-conflict recovery and we undertook a one-year, multi-disciplinary research project for DFID (opens in a new window) exploring the links between service delivery in education, health, water and sanitation and wider processes of state-building and peace-building in fragile and conflict-affected states with a specific focus on Nepal, Rwanda and South Sudan.
Our expertise is not in immediate crisis or emergency management but in helping build local institutional capacity for medium- to long-term recovery and development especially in post-conflict settings.
Some key examples of our interventions include:
- An integrated capacity development project for Somali Education Administrations across the three zones of Somalia. This enabled them to manage more effectively. We helped the government agencies to plan and deliver formal and non-formal educational services efficiently and equitably. See Supporting sector-wide policy in Somalia case study for more information.
- A major sector support programme for basic education in Cambodia, funded by the European Commission, to strengthen institutional and human resource capacity to deliver efficient and effective education services.
- The provision of support to the government of Zimbabwe, in partnership with UNICEF, to develop a national level medium-term plan for its education sector.
- The provision of support to the Ministry of Education's decentralised planning and budgeting systems in South Sudan.
- Support to the development of an Education Management Information System and Curriculum Standards in Libya in partnership with UNICEF and the Ministry of Education.
- Institutional capacity building through the Danida-funded "Rebuilding Education in Somalia working at central, regional and community level to ensure access to a quality basic education for all children.
- Working to strengthen the capacity of the MoE to increase girls' access to schooling in Somalia through the DFID-funded Girls' Education Challenge.
Supporting educational reform
CfBT supports educational reform in countries affected by a variety of challenging circumstances from civil war, poor governance and terrorism to environmental disaster, climate change and the global financial crisis. CfBT is able to assist in countries where the basic foundations and institutions of legitimate politics, security, justice, economics and trade, as well as revenue collection and service delivery have been eroded or seriously compromised.