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INESM is a network of development agencies that use Education Simulation Models (ESMs) to support the national education planning processes in developing countries. The agencies include: EFA-FTI Secretariat, the World Bank, UNDP, UNICEF, the Academy for Educational Development (AED) and UNESCO (Headquarters, International Institute for Educational Planning - IIEP, and Pôle de Dakar).

The INESM website, hosted by UNESCO, is the result of a joint effort by INESM partners to improve collaboration on ESMs to the benefit of ministries of education, of finance and other education practitioners. This effort includes making the agencies' own models and countries’ applications available on the web to provide users with a wide range of different simulation models.

The use of ESMs has increased in recent years, as countries and agencies apply them as planning tools to construct credible education plans and assess the costs of their implementation. ESMs are also used to support evidence-based policy dialogue, informed policy-making and efficient resource management.

This interagency portal brings together a diversity of tools, expertise and experiences related to ESMs developed for various contexts and purposes of strategic and operational education planning. Conceived as a community of practice in education planning and management, the INESM will provide a clearinghouse for ESMs and promote mutual learning and regular interactions in the field of educational planning and resource projections.

The INESM website offers the following key features:

1. Explore ESMs: Users can learn about and download all the ESMs available in the database along with their descriptions, users’ guides and related experiences.
2. Upload ESM: Registered users can upload an ESM and receive feedback from other users. An interagency panel will validate uploaded ESMs before display on the site.
3. Sharing ESMs: It is also possible to post discussion topics and questions and obtain specific information on ESMs through the Forum section. In addition, the ESM Experiences section enables users to interact by sharing files and information on ESM development and implementation.
4. Learning ESMs: Users can access training modules and information on courses related to each ESM where available.

If you have questions or comments, please contact: inesm@unesco.orgor use the Forum section of the INESM website.


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