Review of UNICEF basic education and gender equality programme (BEGE) in Afghanistan

The review was commissioned by Sida and covered the period 2013-2015.

NIRAS Indevelop is contracted by Sida to carry out a review of UNICEF basic education and gender equality programme between March-August 2016. The overall objective of the review is to assess the BEGE programme  using the OECD/DAC evaluation criteria of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency (including cost efficiency) and sustainability. This includes assessing UNICEF’s ability to reach quality results over time, to coordinate with the government and other actors in the field, including donors and to some degree also UNICEF’s upstream support to national policy in the education sector.

The purpose is also to get a deeper understanding of UNICEF’s ability to provide quality education through its Community Based Schools (CBS) and Accelerated Learning Classes (ALC), to ensure continued education for its students in formal schools, to hand-over schools to government, to efficiently distribute teaching and learning material, implement the child-friendly school packages, and build the capacity of government actors and the national, provincial, and district levels in order to contribute to sustainable Afghan ownership within the sector. The reviews seeks to also measuring the extent to which the communities were involved in the schools (i.e. were parents and teachers associations established). Further the review aims at getting an understanding of how and to what extent the BEGE program applies a human rights-based approach and how effectively it contributes to improved gender equality.