Policy development and dialogue between MINEDH and partners
An inclusive approach means that all key actors, both civil society and donors, can participate in the local education group and the annual review meetings.
In the new FASE Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), the partners and the Office of the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education set out the FASE implementation process. The Public Finance Management Group is responsible for the technical aspects of the budget and the financial process, which includes monitoring the FASE budget.
The FASE dialogue mechanism includes regular joint coordination meetings and Education Sector Working Groups. The latter consist of Ministry of Education Directorates, donors, and civil society; they provide technical advice on key service delivery programs (primary and secondary education, etc.). Specific Working Groups address particularly urgent issues, such as gender-based violence.
Reports from the schools, provinces, and districts are presented to the Working Groups which play a key role in sector development by producing information and reporting on the various components of the system, thereby ensuring that all relevant information +on service delivery issues is considered.
Pursuant to the new FASE MoU, an implementation support team is being set up, including consultants in specific areas to assist in identifying and overcoming implementation constraints.
Annual joint visits to selected schools and a mechanism for sharing lessons and good practices make it possible to obtain an x-ray of reality and gain a much clearer picture of implementation. This is then reflected in national planning and policy processes.
Use of FASE funds
FASE funds are initially transferred to the Treasury and the national financial management and information system for subsequent transfer to the education sector account. In this way they complement domestic funding and the national budget. The funds in question are then channeled to provincial and district education departments and schools throughout the country.
The fact that the partners send timely information on the amount of funding they will donate makes it easier for the Ministry to plan activities and expenditures.
The greater efficiency created by FASE has led to the sector budget having a much larger proportion of external funding than other sectors, maximizing resources by reducing the time and energy spent in the management process.
In addition, FASE has minimized duplication of reporting and audits and has enhanced the ability to adapt quickly to changing circumstances and challenges.
By strengthening public finance management systems and making them more transparent, and by targeting resources according to the greatest need, more of the funds made available through FASE are spent where they are needed.