GPE has launched a provisional Independent Technical Advisory Panel (ITAP), an interim body that paves the way for the establishment of a permanent, Board-endorsed, ITAP. The provisional ITAP brings together seasoned education experts, drawn from a global pool of candidates, to provide an independent assessment for country partners in the areas of data and evidence, gender-responsive education planning, sector dialogue and coordination, and equity, efficiency, and volume of domestic financing to education.
The ITAP assessment will support implementation of the GPE 2025 system transformation approach, which seeks to support the design and implementation of transformative education reforms in partner countries with the potential for impact at scale.
The provisional ITAP is headed by co-chairs Dr. Desmond Bermingham and Amit Kaushik. Dr. Bermingham previously served as the Head of the EFA-FTI Secretariat and Head of Education Profession at DfID and currently serves as the CEO of ACER UK.
Mr. Kaushik’s experience includes serving as the Director, Elementary Education, in the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, where he worked on right to education legislation and negotiating multilateral assistance supporting India’s flagship program, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, to universalize access to elementary education. He is currently the CEO of ACER India.
The provisional ITAP is comprised of 13 senior experts in education reform and planning, finance, data and evidence, gender equality and sector coordination.
The provisional ITAP will support six country pilots, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, El Salvador, Kenya, Nepal, Tajikistan, and Uganda.
Based on the pilots, the provisional ITAP will produce a lessons learned report, including a review of the GPE requirements methodology, which will provide recommendations on proposed revisions to the GPE 2025 operating model, inclusive of the terms of reference for a permanent ITAP.