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By Desmond Bermingham
March 29, 2007
The Education for All - Fast Track Initiative (FTI) is a global partnership between developing countries and donors to accelerate progress towards the goal of universal completion of quality primary education by 2015.
World EFA Conference
March 1990, Jomtien, Thailand
World Education Forum
6 EFA goals
April 2000, Dakar, Senegal
Rome (2003) - Paris (2005)
Millennium Declaration – 8 MDGs
September 2000, New York, USA
Primary EducationSector-wide Approach
(voc. training, adult literacy, etc.)
FTI supports primary education as part of an overall education strategy
Country prepares a poverty reduction strategy and an education sector plan.
Sector Plan should be linked to broader budget and macro economic planning frameworks.
Education sector plan is jointly appraised by the government and the donor group, usually including the World Bank.
Each agency is responsible for ensuring that rigorous technical analysis and appropriate internal consultations are conducted during the appraisal process to enable the endorsement process to be completed.
Lead donor sends sector plan, appraisal report and signed endorsement letter to the FTI Secretariat
FTI Secretariat informs the full Partnership of the endorsement
Additional resources committed through domestic, bilateral and multilateral channels as well as the Catalytic Fund
Suggested benchmarks (not targets) drawn from analysis of successful countries. Crucial for long-term sustainability of MDG progress.
To low-income countries with PRS and sector program, appraised and endorsed by supporting donors
To all low-income countries
The FTI seeks to mobilize additional resources for education through four channels
As of end February 2007
Multi-donor trust fund administered by the World Bank
As of end February 2007
FTI PARTNERSHIP MEETINGS
“In 2005, Make Poverty History forced governments to make promises on aid. Now, in 2006 it is time for us to keep our promises. None is more important than the Millennium Development Goal that by 2015 every one of the world’s children is able to go to school.” Gordon Brown
For more information, visit our website: www.fasttrackinitiative.org