02.11.2011 - UNESCO Office in Dakar

Documenting success stories in capacity development for Education for All

Some 15 African countries take part in UNESCO's CapEFA programme.

A new publication traces UNESCO’s Capacity Development for Education for All (CapEFA) Programme, which is present in over 15 African countries.


The CapEFA programme works with national governments, technical partners, civil society and private sector actors.

Each project begins with an assessment of existing education sector strengths to identify the country’s ‘capacity baseline’.

From here, it strives to ensure effective country leadership in the design, implementation and monitoring of strategies for reinforcing key EFA task areas.

Learning from practice, not theory

This new publication tells the stories and narratives of CapEFA projects around the world. The aim is to learn from practice rather than theory.

“We hope that by chronicling evolving processes for capacity development in the education sector, the publication can demonstrate clear examples on how specific capacity challenges to EFA are being addressed through nationally owned and driven capacity development strategies, multistakeholder partnerships and platforms for South-South cooperation,” says Svein Osttveit, Executive Director in UNESCO’s Education Sector.

Examples from Africa

CapEFA has supported numerous projects in Africa, including the following:

Democratic Republic of Congo: Support to the decentralization of the education system to achieve EFA goals.

Ethiopia: Sector-wide capacity development for EFA in a decentralized education system.

Sierra Leone: Support to strengthen the capacity of primary and basic education teacher training institutions.

Senegal: Capacity development for literacy and non-formal education management and policy.

Chad: Pedagogical, Institutional and organizational capacity developing in literacy and non-formal education.

The CapEFA programme was established in 2003 and is jointly financed by Denmark, Finland, Italy, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.

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