ERIC Number: ED461182
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Planning and Financing Sustainable Education Systems in Sub-Saharan Africa. Education Research Paper. Reports.
The first part of this paper describes some of the basic issues facing education policymakers in Africa, including the introduction of school fees and private provision of schools. Insufficient attention has been paid to how policy advice is implemented, especially to the relation between planning and budgeting. Most African public-sector budgeting procedures and formats have not changed significantly since colonial times, and they cannot cope with translating short- and medium-term adjustment policies into practice. The second part of this paper is concerned with approaches to strengthening and/or reforming the planning and budgeting for education in African countries. With the improvements described, better use can be made of external assistance. The objectives of the suggested changes are to enable countries to use their limited resources better and to avoid stop-go educational policies so that the capability of providing a sustainable and affordable education service can be achieved. In this respect, governments have a crucial role to play in the process of change, even if in some aspects the "market" will succeed where government planning has failed. (Contains 78 references.) (RT)
Descriptors: Budgeting, Educational Finance, Educational Planning, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, School Support
Department for International Development, Education Division, 94 Victoria Street, London, England SW1E 5JL, United Kingdom. Web site: http://www.dfid.gov.uk.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department for International Development, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: Africa