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Education for All - Fast Track Initiative
EFA-FTI -- EDUCATION FOR ALL - FAST TRACK INITIATIVE. EFA-FTI is a global partnership between donors and developing countries to ensure accelerated progress towards the Millennium Development Goal of universal primary education by 2015. All low-income countries which demonstrate serious commitment to achieve universal primary completion can receive support from FTI. National governments demonstrate their commitment through preparation and implementation of a comprehensive education plan including an adequate level of domestic spending on education, accelerating the pace of enrolling children in school, improving the quality of teaching and learning, and ensuring that students complete a primary education. In return, donors provide financial and technical support, in a coordinated and predictable manner. 

Education Program Development Fund of EFA-FTI
EPDF -- EDUCATION PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT FUND OF EFA-FTI. The EPDF was established by FTI in November 2004 to enable more low-income countries to access the FTI and accelerate progress towards universal primary education. For those countries without education plans and weak capacity, the Education Program Development Fund (EPDF) can provide technical support and build the capacity required to prepare a sound education plan. The EPDF can also provide support to countries in the implementation of their education sector plans by supporting knowledge generation through better monitoring and evaluation, and knowledge sharing across countries. 
Roma Education Fund
ROMA EDUCATION FUND. Roma have themselves consistently identified education as the principal intervention that would break the cycle of poverty in which they live. Roma are Europe's largest, fastest growing and most vulnerable minority, and have been among the biggest losers in the transition since 1989. An estimated 9-11 million Roma live across Europe. Roma were often the first to lose their jobs in the early 1990s and have been persistently blocked from reentering the labor force due to their frequently inadequate education and skills and due to pervasive discrimination. An estimated 600,000 Roma children of primary school age living in the EU accession countries do not attend school at all. The grants will fund both demand and supply-side interventions to improve the education of Roma, meeting goals that they are currently establishing as part of the Roma Decade 
Global Program for the Assessment of Education Achievement
GLOBAL PROGRAM FOR THE ASSESSMENT OF EDUCATION ACHIEVEMENT. The program responds to global demand for developing capacity to understand and use educational achievement data at global, regional and national levels. It supports efforts to provide valid and reliable information on educational achievement and other outcome indicators that serve as the basis for informed, evidence-based educational policy and reform. The program focuses on capacity building and institutional development as one mechanism to sustain education development efforts in setting standards and assessing student achievement. The objectives are to: Enhance the capacity of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) for comparative international assessment, standard setting and benchmarking, technical assistance, and the institutionalization of assessment; Coordinate international efforts on assessment; Enhance the technical, institutional and managerial capacity of regional assessment networks and institutions; and Enhance partnership among countries' educational assessment institutions with multilateral and bilateral donors, private foundations, and the private sector. 
Program for Education Statistics
PES -- PROGRAM FOR EDUCATION STATISTICS. PES supports the implementation of a strategy that focuses on improving data quality at both national and international levels, particularly the timeliness, integrity and coverage of cross-nationally comparable indicators, in order to ensure a complete and informative picture of the state of education. In addition, there is a small component of the program that is related to developing capacity for building data systems at the country level. PES seeks to address the rising demand for timely data of high quality which are urgently needed to monitor progress towards time-bound international education targets (e.g., Millennium Development Goals); and second, to some degree, inform planning and policy in specific target countries (e.g., Fast Track Initiative). 
Development of Education in Africa
ADEA - Development of Education in Africa, ADEA promotes partnerships with civil society organizations and NGOs by serving as a neutral meeting ground to discuss sensitive policy options. An important example is the conference on #contractual teachers#, organized jointly by ADEA, Education International and the WB, to discuss training, working conditions and salaries for this type of teachers in 13 Francophone countries (Bamako, November 2004). Teacher unions from all countries were represented, along with parent associations and NGOs. 
Asia-Pacific Quality Network
ASIA-PACIFIC QUALITY NETWORK. The purpose of the Grant is to support the Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN) to strengthen its institutional capacity and the technical capacity of APQN member organizations. Grants provide technical assistance: (a) conduct workshops to build quality assurance capacity in developing countries; (b) provide external reviewer services to quality assurance agencies in developing countries; (c) provide regional accreditation services to countries without a national accreditation process; (d) establish a regional information clearinghouse on quality assurance for developing countries; (e) support research, policy analysis, and services to APQN member organizations; (f) carry out regional staff exchanges to improve information exchange and build capacity of Recipient's quality-assurance agencies; (g) strengthen liaison functions among regional organizations working on quality-assurance, such as the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO), the Asian University Network (AUN), and UNESCO; and (h) conduct independent evaluation of APQN Activities. 
Iberoamerican Network for Quality Assurance in Higher Education
IBEROAMERICAN NETWORK FOR QUALITY ASSURANCE IN HIGHER EDUCATION. The Iberoamerican Network for Quality Assurance in Higher Education is an association of agencies dedicated to the assessment and accreditation of quality in Higher Education, established in 2003. It is a non-profit organization, and its purpose is to promote cooperation and exchange among iberoamerican countries in matters related to quality assurance. It has 18 member countries, from Mexico to Chile, including Spain, as well as two regional organizations in Central America. 
Nelson Madela Inst. For Knowledge Bldg. & Advancement of Science & Technology
NELSON MADELA Inst. for KNOWLEDGE Bldg.& Advancement of SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY in Sub-Sahara Africa. The fundamental objectives of the African Institute of Science and Technology (AIST) are to:
  1. Develop Africa's human capital by: " Producing world-class scientists and engineers to be leaders and entrepreneurs in their local communities " Creating access and opportunity for disadvantaged students " Mitigating Africa's "brain drain" and encouraging reengagement of the Scientific African Diaspora
  2. Improve Africa's education system by: " Setting a new example of excellence " Raising the quality of existing tertiary and secondary education institutions by generating competition amongst universities for students and faculty " Promoting excellence in education throughout Africa
  3. Increase the development, incubation, and dissemination of knowledge by: " Conducting basic and applied research in collaboration with other academic and research institutions and with industry " Enhancing the transfer of technology to Africa through connections with international centers of excellence.
Quality Assurance Support Program for African Higher Education
TQUALITY ASSURANCE SUPPORT PROGRAM FOR AFRICAN HIGHER EDUCATION. The objective of the proposed partnership is to strengthen the quality of African higher education in order to optimize its contribution to economic growth and social development in the continent. The development objective is to lay a foundation for institutionalized quality assurance mechanisms within tertiary institutions, national quality assurance and accreditation agencies, and an eventual regional network for coordination of cross-border protocols and specialized capacity building in QA. The program will cover the entire continent, including countries in North Africa which are part of the Bank's MENA Region. The proposed partnership seeks to buttress the Africa Action Plan's emphasis on the critical role of quality tertiary education as a key driver of economic growth and raise awareness about the ability of tertiary education systems to absorb technology and innovation.

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