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Towards a Belgian Strategy for education and development. Prof. Ides Nicaise K.U. Leuven. Five key lessons learnt. Education has enormous leverage effects on all dimensions of human development: economic, social, health, governance…

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five key lessons learnt
Five keylessonslearnt
  • Education has enormous leverage effects on all dimensions of human development: economic, social, health, governance…
  • ECEC and basic education have highest returns on investment, particularly among the poorest (countries)
  • Multilateral support has drawbacks (bureaucracy, predominance of neoliberal pro-globalist agenda, less technical assistance) but also major advantages (unity of purpose, impact, transparency, integration in national poverty reduction strategies)
  • Agreed list of top priority countries (mainly SSA)
  • Education = ‘eating the dragons’ => eat them before they eat you
social returns to education
SOCIAL RETURNS TO EDUCATION

Source: Psacharopoulos (1994)

education eating dragons
Education = eating dragons

=>…ifyoudon’teatthemquickly, theyeatyou

  • Health problems (undernourishment, AIDS)
  • Populationgrowth and movements
  • Economicconditions
    • Governmentdebt
    • Poverty of population => education is lesserpriority / opportunitycost of childlabour
  • Wars
  • Poorgovernance
donor performance
Donor performance

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Italy

ODA as % of GNI

  • Overall aid levels are rising, but projected shortfall against commitment (US $20 billion deficit on US$ 50 billion 2010 promise)
  • Financial crisis is a threat to aid budgets
  • Collective effort data masks mixed picture

Greece

United States

2004

Japan

2010 target

2008

Austria

New Zealand

Spain

Australia

Canada

Germany

United Kingdom

Finland

Ireland

Belgium

Switzerland

France

Portugal

Netherlands

Sweden

Luxembourg

Denmark

Norway

Total DAC

Source: EFA Global Monitoring Report 2010

DAC-EU countries

towards a belgian strategy
Towards a Belgianstrategy
  • develop a shared vision on the role of education and the priorities
  • Raise share of aid to education
  • Shift emphasis to ECEC and basic education
  • Co-ordinate between federal and regional govts and engage together into multilateral aid
  • Concentrate more on poorest countries (SSA etc.)
  • Act quickly: the faster, the more efficient because of synergy effects

A GREAT MISSION FOR EDUCAID !