Girls Too! Issue No. 4 - Donors & Financing
UNGEI Global Advisory Committee and Partners
Partner Profile: UNICEF
UNGEI Fact Sheet (July 2006)
NEW YORK, NY, USA, 19 September 2006 - On 11 September 2006, donors for girls’ education met in New York to review achievements and challenges in girls’ education during UNICEF’s medium-term strategic plan (MTSP) for 2002-2005. The focus of the meeting was a review of lessons learned, challenges, opportunities, trends and progress made for achieving the MDGs and EFA goals during the period 2002-2005. The meeting also emphasized UNICEF’s commitment to working in partnerships to advance girls’ education. That is why time was spent on strategies that have been put in place to strengthen partnerships around girls’ education, particularly the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI), and progress on UNICEF’s Education Strategy.
A major lesson learned from the girls’ education programme was that mainstreaming and scaling up gender and girls’ education is a difficult process both within and outside of UNICEF. Causality analysis informs us that the difficulties revolve around sociocultural, economic and political barriers contributing to the failure to meet the 2005 MDG goal of gender parity. Other major key lessons learned by UNICEF during the previous plan included:
In an effort to move increasingly to systemic interventions, UNICEF will continue its work on improved capacity to work within the sector-wide approach (SWAps). An evaluation of the role of UNICEF in the SWAps process in Eastern and Southern Africa was carried out in 2005. The results of the evaluation showed the need for capacity-building in education SWAps at country level. That is why a SWAps Process Resource Pack was developed to be used for the training of UNICEF education staff and government counterparts in 2006. Similar work has been done in the East Asia/Pacific region. UNICEF now plays a key role in all sector-wide processes in education for most countries in every region, and this will continue in the next plan.
Against this background, UNICEF has been working on an education strategy paper that spells out a vision for the future up to 2015 and beyond. The strategy highlights how UNICEF will work with partners to contribute more effectively and efficiently to achieving the MDGs and the EFA goals. UNICEF is also working with the five EFA convening agencies, to support UNESCO in developing a global action plan (GAP) for joint support to countries in their efforts to achieve the goals of Education for All. Finalization of the strategy paper has been postponed in an effort to better align it with the GAP. It is hoped that this alignment will unite the EFA partners’ efforts in support for the MDGs and EFA goals.