ADEA’s Approach to Policy Dialogue


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Policy dialogue is an essential component in ADEA’s efforts to assist African countries engaged in the development of education and training systems. It conducts policy dialogue through the following mechanisms:

The Triennale: The Triennale (formerly Biennale) on Education and Training in Africa is the most important educational event in the region, in terms of both participation and content of the discussions, bringing together in a single venue all the stakeholders working on behalf of education in Africa. The meeting is attended by ministers of education and training of all countries in Africa, senior representatives of bilateral and multilateral development agencies, academics and practitioners from foundations, research networks, NGOs and civil society organizations.  The main purpose of the Triennales, which are the high point in the Association's activities, is to encourage and foster frank and open dialogue on a priority theme relating to the development of education. ADEA has held 8 biennales and one Triennale which was held in 2012. Since 1991, the themes of these thematic events have always been identified by the Ministers to meet emerging challenges in education.

Seminars of the Steering Committee: They provide a forum for high level discussions on issues of priority in education between ministers of education and representatives of development agencies.

Technical or sub-regional ministerial meetings: The meetings provide opportunities for ministers of education to discuss issues of common interest; and also foster greater cooperation among member countries.

Inter-country quality nodes: The nodes bring together Ministers and experts of education ministries from different countries to address issues designated as national priorities that are already included in current programs. They form a network in which members discuss common problems they have encountered and the solutions they have tried. The importance of the nodes lies in the fact that their solutions are African-led.