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Reflexions on the effectiveness of partnerships - past and future - to promote education for all in Asia and the Pacific

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Publisher/Author: Jim Ackers, UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office; Cecilia (Thea) Soriano, Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE)

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As the eighth Millennium Development Goal (MDG), “partnership for development” demonstrates, partnership has become one of the major strategies to address the complex and multifaceted issues in international development. UN agencies, CSOs, NGOs, governments, and donors form partnerships to increase the impact of their technical cooperation in addressing common goals. In education, global commitments were made by 164 governments to Education for All (EFA) goals during the World Education Forum (WEF) at Dakar in April 2000, where the UNGEI partnership - the first in education – was launched. 

This document consists of three papers presented at the symposium on Reflexions on the effectiveness of partnerships – past and future - to promote education for all in Asia and the Pacific at the 2015 UKFIET International Education and Development Conference “Learning for Sustainable Futures: Making the Connections” held at Oxford University, United Kingdom, September 15-17, 2015. 

The first paper, Effectiveness of Partnership for Development – Partnerships for Education for All in Asia-Pacific reflects on lessons learned and the way forward in a huge region where the EFA partnership has been active.

The second paper, Advancing multi-sector engagement on ECD: The case of Asia-Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood (ARNEC), discusses how partnerships around early childhood development (ECD) have evolved in Asia and the Pacific in tune with the enhanced policy focus on holistic ECD, compared to the narrower focus of Early Childhood Education (ECE).

The third paper, Effectiveness of Partnership for Development, a Case Study on the East Asia and Pacific United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (EAP UNGEI), aims to identify key factors in the effectiveness of partnerships for development, illustrated by the East Asia and Pacific UNGEI (EAP UNGEI), a regional network launched in May 2002.  It is based on a desk review of literature on partnerships and internal documents of UNGEI at the regional and the global level, in addition to qualitative analyses of a survey circulated to the EAP UNGEI members.


 

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