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Is decentralizing government improving education?

Most East Asia and Pacific governments are decentralizing their political, fiscal and administrative processes, responsibilities and authority. UNICEF is responding with a regional initiative to help its Education Officers provide useful assistance to Ministries of Education on how to use decentralization to deliver better quality education to more children who are impoverished.

Decentralization has significant effects on social sectors and ultimately on the delivery of services to children and women. “But decentralizing an education system is quite different to decentralizing a health system,” explains Mahesh Patel, Regional Adviser on Social Policy and Economic Analysis.

The UNICEF Regional Social Policy section has identified key issues for the education sector on how to implement decentralization policies without damaging services as well as some best practices and lessons learned from the experience of countries in the region.





Additional reading

UNICEF EAPRO. Effects of decentralization on primary education phase I: A survey of East Asia and the Pacific islands. (forthcoming)

UNICEF EAPRO. Making “every child count”: National policies and programmes to reduce disparities: discussion paper. March 2005.


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