Ecorys concludes study of political economy across Africa for UNICEF

14 November 2018

European research and consultancy firm Ecorys has completed a comprehensive study of the political economy and fiscal space in a number of African countries undertaken for UNICEF. The study was conducted with the objective of identifying potential entry points for UNICEF initiatives.

Africa is home to the youngest population across the globe, most of which is yet to enter the working age. Nevertheless, education infrastructure across the continent remains weak to a large extent, which creates the danger of wasting this tremendous pool of potential due to lack of proper education.

As a result, a number of international organisations such as UNICEF have been active in trying to promote educational initiatives across the continent through targeted investment. To this end, the NGO contracted global consulting firm Ecorys to conduct a comprehensive evaluation.

The study extends across 16 African countries, and is categorised into two broad areas of focus. The first area is the political economic scenario of the country in question, which was conducted with the objective of observing potential points of entry for UNICEF, particularly in the domain of domestic budgeting.

Ecorys concludes study of political economy across Africa for UNICEF

The firm’s fiscal space analysis was aimed at observing the impact that this political economic scenario has on the fiscal space for children to grow into. Ecorys has now completed this study, and the findings reveal a number of commonalities in the scenarios across several countries with respect to both metrics.

Markets and political systems across Africa are unique and nuanced. Although the budgeting systems varied across countries, some underlying trends were observed across most markets. For instance, most markets are experiencing a shift in development priorities to become exclusive.

On the other hand, a number of markets were similar in that their budgeting systems were opaque and often inefficient. In the fiscal space category, the study noted positive trends across most markets, particularly as governments are increasingly receptive of ideas of child-friendly expenditure.

Overall, the trends were reflective of a region that is receptive to initiatives in education sector, but lacks the technical expertise or the political infrastructure. Such a scenario offers several potential opportunities for organisations such as UNICEF to fill this gap between policy and implementation.

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Education consultants in Ghana praise new primary school curricula

28 February 2019

The President of Ghana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has introduced a new syllabus for primary schools in Ghana under the Ghana Education Services – a measure that has met with approval from a number of stakeholders, including independent education consultancy Neogenics Education Group. 

With its African headquarters in Accra, Ghana, Neogenics Education Group is a global education consultancy that specialises in facilitating the best in educations systems across the globe by offering a range of support services specific to the domain of schooling and education.

The firm offers assessments of teachers’ pools, conducts health checks and organises school-based training programmes in addition to a number of education consultancy services. The firm is most prominently known for its Centre for School Leadership & Education Professionals (CSLEP), which looks to promote international standards in education.

Education consultants in Ghana praise new primary school curricula

CSLEP looks to use school curricula to shape the workforces of the future, an issue that is increasingly coming to the fore in Ghana. Newfound political stability has driven economic growth in the country, and public and private organisations alike are working to ensure that the right entrepreneurial spirit is fostered in the country.

The government of Ghana has now introduced a new syllabus for kindergarten and primary schools, and Neogenics has expressed its approval of the new policies, praising the fact that it allows for the spread of digital literacy amongst the next generation in Ghana, something that is increasingly of the essence in contemporary economies.

Lead Consultant at Neogenics Grant Bulmuo has called for cooperation across all sectors to help realise the potential of the new measures. Stakeholders in the new policy include teachers, educational unions, parents and investors, and Bulmuo has called for action amongst all sections.

As Ghana’s economy has grown, the education environment has failed to keep up with international trends. “Therefore, we as an educational consultancy with the vision of bridging the education gap in Ghana believe this reform is the way forward to make Ghana a global player in the educational space,” read a statement from Neogenics.