Towards Knowledge Society for All

Report
By
Alex Twinomugisha
2008
Overview
GeSCI engages with
countries for a long
time through the
regional programs
with some countries
occasionally
“ascending” to indepth system-wide
engagement for a
period of 3-5 years
and then
transitioning back to
regional engagement
 Country and Regional Programs are
major activities in new strategic plan
 For country programs focus on:
 Transition existing countries sustainably
 Select and Engage new countries
 For Regional Programs, focus on
 Strengthening and expanding the Africa
regional programs
 Build, operate and manage Asia and LAC
regional programs
Country programs
 Every country is different and specific
Work with few
countries (4-6
countries at any
one time)for longer
periods (3-5 years)
and more in-depth
approaches will vary according to local
context and conditions.
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Comprehensive system-wide and multistakeholder approach
Direct advisory engagement with MoEs
Providing more strategic advice rather than
purely technical advice
Focus on capacity building rather than
implementation– building capacity for
implementation
Focus on institutionalizing ICT4E in
SWAps, ESPs, Budgets for sustainability
Provide dedicated experts and advisors to
the MoE
Country Program Life Cycle
Selection
Preparation
Engagement
(3-6 months)
Transition and
Evaluation
(3-6 months)
(2-4 years)
PostEngagement
(3-6 months)
(continuous)
• Short-List
• Situation
Analysis
• Evaluation and
Ranking by
desirable
criteria
• CEO approves
country
selection
• Prepare
Country
Engagement
Strategy (CES)
• Submit CES to
Board of
Directors
• Board approval
• Sign MoU (with
action plan
developed
under CES)
• Mobilize
resources
(financial and
human)
• Regular
progress
reviews
• Internal
evaluation
• External
independent
evaluation
• Finalization of
any
outstanding
activities
• Support
provided under
AKE
Country Selection
1.
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Based on mandatory
and desirable
criteria.
Comprehensive
Situational Analysis
Mandatory Criteria- short-listing
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2.
ICTs are a priority
Clear country demand and
political commitment
GeSCI Donor priority country
Desirable criteria- final selection
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Country understands potential for
ICT
Education reform underway
Existing or planned ICT
interventions
Preliminary Shortlist
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Focus on SSA but
NOT exclusive
Other countries
where strong case
can be made
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Ethiopia
Mozambique
Tanzania
Zambia
Kenya
Uganda
Planned Growth
The target is to work with a total of 4-6 countries every
year with 1-2 of these countries coming on board every
year.
Year
2008
2009
2010
2011
Countries
under fulldirect
engagement
•Bolivia
•Ghana
•India
•Rwanda
•Ghana
•Rwanda
•New Country 1
(Ethiopia)
•New Country 2
•Rwanda
•Country 1
(Ethiopia)
•New Country 2
•New Country 3
•New Country
(Ethiopia)
•New Country
•New Country
•New Country
Total no of
countries
under fulldirect
engagement
4
4
4
4
1
2
3
4
Transition and
Sustainability
 After 3-5 years, GeSCI will transition its
GeSCI does not stay
engaged full-time in
any country
indefinitely but at
the same time
GeSCI does not exit
a country entirely
full-time support to another mode often
offering support from its specialists at a
distance and through the regional
knowledge programs
 GeSCI makes it clear prior to engagement
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that support will be time-bound
MoUs with countries spell out roles,
responsibilities and deliverables
Periodic reviews of MoU
Focus on sustainable interventions
(capacity building) and institutionalization
of ICT4E
Continued support after transition to
ensure sustainability of programs
Regional Programs
AKE
 Knowledge sharing
A strategic
knowledge
sharing forum
 Multi-country and multi-
stakeholder responses to
common ICT4E challenges
 Wider reach for GeSCI
products and services
 A platform for
experimentation and
innovation
 Home-grown solutions
AKE- major
activities
 Facilitate the establishment of an
Further
develop as a
full program
linked to other
programs
Africa-wide Working Group on
ICT4E in
 Forge global and regional
partnerships and networks
 Reach and impact more SSA
countries
Asia and LAC
 Focus on strategic capacity
India and
Bolivia
programs to
transition to
regional
programs at
end 2008
building, knowledge creation and
sharing at the regional rather than
country level.
 Regional programs in Asia and LAC
undertaken with a strategic partner
instead of GeSCI having own staff
and offices

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