Knowledge and Resources

This is a compilation of Knowledge and Resources in the ADEA Network. The sharing of Knowledge is an important strategic objective of the ADEA. The social capital of all of stakeholders in Education in Africa is developed through exchange of information and the sharing of knowledge within and outside the ADEA network. This section provides a wide range of articles, books, and documents that relate to the development of education and training produced and published in the ADEA network.

ADEA's Triennale (formerly Biennale, see Box 1 below) Meetings are the high point of the activities and life of the Association. The main objective of the meetings is to encourage and sustain frank and open discussions between African ministers of education, development agencies, NGOs, CSOs and education professionals and researchers. These discussions are vital for ADEA as they help to guide the Association's future actions, dialogue being one of the keys towards sowing the seeds for better understanding and progress.  Each meeting focuses on a theme of main concern for the development of education in Africa. ADEA publishes the proceedings of the meetings and compiles, in a separate volume, the papers and studies that were presented and discussed. 

UNESCO has just published the Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2013/4 entitled Teaching and Learning: Achieving quality for all. This Report is an independent publication commissioned by UNESCO on behalf of the international community. It is the product of a collaborative effort involving members of the Report Team and many other people, agencies, institutions and governments...

Archives 2012

COMEDAF V reporting – Harare staff undertake training on report writing (January-March)

As part of the preparation for the production of continental and regional economic community reports on education for the meeting of the Conference of Ministers of Education of the African Union (COMEDAF V) set for April 2012, the working group’s Harare team, comprising four professional staff members and four interns, have participated in one-day English writing workshops every month since January. The long term objective is to provide a quantum shift in the understanding of staff on how to produce clear and concise policy reports.

Archives 2013

  • Regional Capacity Building Strategy for EMIS for the East African Community (EAC)
    An EMIS capacity building strategy report has been produced on behalf of the East Africa Community (EAC) by a restricted technical committee made up of EMIS experts from the EAC Partner States and a team from the ADEA Working Group on Education Management and Policy Support. The report mainly focuses on establishing effective mechanisms and strategies to promote EMIS development in the region.

​Policy Briefs

Africa's education systems aren't just full of problems and failures. There are also valuable experiences worth learning from and sharing. Since 1998, ADEA has initiated the Prospective, Stock-Taking Review of Education in Africa, an ongoing process that engages Ministries of Education across Africa to look back, assess, and analyze what has worked in their countries. This exercise has produced a rich stock of experiences, taken from the work of 25 country teams and five ADEA Working Groups, that will help countries build on past and present accomplishments.

The synthesis document of the Prospective, Stock-Taking Review and the following reports, classified by country and Working Group are now available online.  

Established since 1994, the Intra-African Exchange Program (IAEP) was designed to help African ministries of education use existing regional capacities in order to learn from each other’s innovations and solutions to common educational challenges. For African education professionals, IAEP can be a precious source of expertise.

How IAEP works

The program sponsors:

• Study visits and exchanges of educational personnel between African countries, thereby enabling experience to be shared among them.

• Missions by senior African educational professionals to provide advice and technical assistance.


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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:

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The 2012 Triennale recommendations are predicated on the assumptions and understanding that the ownership and responsibility for their implementation rests with each African country. The role of ADEA and its partners is to support the initiatives by each country in the implementation process. ADEA would also monitor the progress made in the implementation in policies, strategies and practices. In consequence, there is a need ab initiofor a common understanding in terms of recommendations, vision, critical skills and key levers of change. Furthermore, there is a need for quick wins or results in the implementation of recommendations because success will enable African governments to project themselves beyond 2015. The expectations of stakeholders are high.