Country: Mauritania (AFR)
This PPP is open for public comments until August 5, 2016.
I. PROJECT DEVELOPMENT OBJECTIVES
The Project’s objective is to improve transparency of the basic education budget by monitoring and evaluating its implementation and quality through online and offline social accountability tools.
This project will focus mainly on: i) stablishing a system for participatory monitoring using online and offline systems, ii) supporting a constructive engagement between government and civil society to improve educational outcomes, and iii) building and improving the capacity of civil society to implement social accountability interventions.
B. Project Beneficiaries
The Project’s direct beneficiaries include:
The Project’s indirect beneficiaries include: a
II. PROJECT DESCRIPTION
A. Project Components
Component 1: Participatory monitoring of the basic education budget implementation
Component 2: Constructive engagement and tools to improve educational services
(a) Develop partnerships with the National Education Regional Directorate, the National Education Departmental Inspector, and the units responsible of budget implementation in the Ministry of National Education, the Ministry of Finance, and the Ministry for Economic Affairs and Development.
Component 3: Knowledge and learning
(a) Produce and disseminate knowledge and learning about the project’s approach and experience
B. Project Financing
The financing instrument elected for this project is a Recipient Executed Trust Fund (RETF) Grant. The source of financing for this Grant is the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA), housed within the World Bank. As per World Bank Trust Fund guidelines, given that this Trust Fund is smaller than US$5 million this Project is subject to World Bank procedures related to project preparation and supervision of Small RETF Grants. The Project cost is estimated to be US$605,000 to be financed completely by the GPSA grant. Additionally, the World Bank will commit an annual Project supervision budget in the amount of US$20,000 per year.
A. Implementation Arrangements
Project Implementing Agency: The Project will be led and coordinated by Eco-développement (Ecodev). The organization will be responsible for operational activities, project monitoring and internal evaluations. It will also ensure the quality of the design, training and implementation of the social accountability tools.
Ecodev is a Mauritanian organization created in 1999 to focus on local development and the environment. The organization has been implementing social accountability initiatives since 2008. Some of the project implemented by the organizations include: i) “Jeunes dans la cité”, funded by the French Embassy in Mauritania to strengthen the capacity of the youth to conduct social accountability interventions; and ii) “Promotion du développement local dans la Moughataa de Monguel”, funded by the European Union to strengthen the capacity of the citizens of the Moughataa of Monguel to implement social accountability interventions in the area of education.
Flow of Funds: Ecodev will directly draw down on the Designated Account in order to ensure smooth flow of funds for implementation of Project activities. An Indicative Schedule of Advanced Payments and Final Reimbursement will be included in the Disbursement Letter. Requests for withdrawal of Grant funds will be made in accordance with a schedule (milestones) agreed between Ecodev and the World Bank.
B. Results Monitoring and Evaluation
Ecodev and the World Bank will monitor the PDO level indicators, as well as implementation of activities supported by each Project component. The project implementation will be monitored and evaluated following an action-oriented research approach,, including a baseline (a benchmark to define the monitoring indicators and the frequency of the information) and final evaluation. This approach enables the project to improve its strategy and operations through adaptive learning and management as well as drawing lessons for future actions.
To facilitate communication between the project and the national office, various tools will be used:
To coordinate the M&E efforts of the project, a monitoring and evaluation staff member will be working full-time with the project and consultants will be hired to develop external evaluations of the project. The GPSA will also support the implementation of this component.
The Project will focus on sustainability with the goal of the project’s impact extending beyond the project cycle through i) institutionalizing the monitoring and evaluation chain of the basic education public service and ii) by increasing the capacities of key actors from public sector and civil society to collaborate in this process.