CODE's Mozambique partner publishes Case Study

CODE's partner in Mozambique, Associação Progresso, has published a case study about its groundbreaking education program, which is aligned with the government’s education plan.

Lessons of a CSO Project and the SWAP in Education in Mozambique is written by Elisabeth Sequeira of Associação Progresso, along with Heloisa Modesto and Sean Maddox of CODE.

Progresso has cultivated a national network of individuals and institutions that work together to strengthen government and community in tandem. This network is based on trust, performance and a true commitment to building the countries ability to improve the education of primary school children.

CODE provides project management, administrative, technical support and facilitates networks of professional organizations committed to education and literacy. CODE provides expertise in the selection, production, and distribution of learning materials, the teaching of reading, institutional strengthening, capacity building and gender equity.

The program’s close alignment with the priorities of the ministry of education and the balance adopted by CIDA between program and project-based funding mechanisms in Mozambique has resulted in verifiable results in the participating communities and assisted the Mozambican ministry of education to improve its service delivery for the nation in many areas. The program’s alignment with government, donors and other organizations has provided a high degree of credibility for the program and continues to influence education planning in the country.

This case study presents our experience working on an education program that is aligned with the government’s education plan. It illustrates how northern and southern civil society organizations can work together with governments and donors to strengthen aid and development effectiveness. It presents a model that is contrary to the prevalent trend to allocate most funding through government channels, in this case to the ministry of education.

Read the full case study here.

Friday, August 1, 2008