From Schooling Access to Learning Outcomes: An Unfinished Agenda (2006)
An Evaluation of the World Bank's Support to Primary Education
Author/Publisher: World Bank Independent Evaluation Group
ISBN: 0-8213-6792-7; 978-0-8213-6792-6
For the evaluation, IEG reviewed over 700 primary education projects from 1990 onward. According to IEG, 69 percent of World Bank projects designed to improve access to education succeeded in achieving their expansion goals. During the past 15 years, net enrollment rates increased in developing countries from about 82 percent of the relevant age group to about 86 percent. Enrollment expansion has generally come through supply-side interventions such as new schools and classrooms within easy walking distance, hiring more teachers, and activating community support. Governments have also increased demand by eliminating school fees and providing girls scholarships.