GPE launches permanent Independent Technical Advisory Panel to support education system transformation
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Students work in small groups at Hidassie School in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Credit: GPE/Midastouch
Students work in small groups at Hidassie School in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
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GPE/Midastouch

GPE has launched its permanent Independent Technical Advisory Panel (ITAP). The Board-approved body replaces the provisional ITAP, which included a pilot from June 2021 through June 2022. The lessons learned by the Provisional ITAP informed the design of the permanent ITAP. 

The ITAP brings together seasoned education experts, drawn from a global pool of candidates, to provide an independent assessment for country partners and the Board in the areas of data and evidence; gender-responsive education sector planning, policy and monitoring; sector coordination, and; equity, efficiency, and volume of domestic financing to education.

The ITAP assessment supports 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 ITAP is headed by Dr. Desmond Bermingham, who 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. Desmond also co-chaired the provisional ITAP.

The ITAP is comprised of 27 senior experts – including the Chair - in education reform and planning, finance, data and evidence, gender equality, human rights in education, and sector coordination. The ITAP roster was approved by the Performance, Impact and Learning Committee, to which the ITAP reports.

The ITAP will support some 80 countries through 2025.

The ITAP will produce an annual report, including reflections on the functioning of the ITAP, its independence and compliance with conflict-of-interest procedures, and the approach to assessment of the enabling factors. The report is part of the GPE learning framework on the GPE 2025 operating model and is expected to contribute to GPE’s commitment to learn and adapt throughout this strategic planning cycle.

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Students work in small groups at Hidassie School in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Credit: GPE/Midastouch
Students work in small groups at Hidassie School in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
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GPE/Midastouch
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