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Appraisal and Rapid Review – Finnish education sector support in Myanmar

This assignment aimed to identify the best ways for Finland to support the education sector in Myanmar with appropriate value added. Finland planned to scale up its support to the education sector in Myanmar for the years 2016-2020. Education was a priority sector for the Finnish co-operation with Myanmar with the key objectives of (1) improved availability of and access to inclusive quality education and (2) fostering focus on children’s rights and child-centred approaches in national education policies and practices. Overall the assignment included two parts: (1) Appraisal – An independent appraisal of a planned UNESCO project entitled Strengthening Teacher Education in Myanmar 2 (STEM 2) to improve teaching and learning outcomes. (2) Rapid review – A rapid review of three education initiatives already supported – the Best Start -project, the Myanmar Decentralizing Funding to Schools (MDFS) -project and the Myanmar Education Consortium (MEC). Both the appraisal and the rapid review used a mixed-method approach with qualitative and quantitative methods and data adequately triangulated to ensure the most valid picture possible. They applied the criteria of relevance, effectiveness, impact, efficiency, sustainability, coordination, complementarity, coherence and aid effectiveness. The key steps in the appraisal and the rapid review work were (1) desk review, (2) field work in Myanmar and (3) final reporting.

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Name of client Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Location Myanmar
Start date 05/2016
Completion date 06/2016
Origin of funding Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Finland
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