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Guinea-Bissau - Basic Education Support Project (English)

The Basic Education Support Project had a satisfactory outcome, unlikely sustainability, and negligible institutional development impact. The Bank's performance was satisfactory, while that of the borrower was unsatisfactory. Exterior factors, namely civil conflict and political upheaval, impeded the projects implementation and it, to a large degree, substituted for an absent Ministry of Education. Several lessons were learned for future projects in countries with fragile states: A) NGO Partnership program. An important innovation for the project and a key factor in the classroom construction program was the incorporation of a larger number of development actors in the implementation of the project. B) Risk Assessment. The undertaking of a serious, detailed risk assessment by the country team would have helped to steer the project in a more sustainable path and/ or to find other strategies to support a failing education sector. C) Preserving Investments in Institutional Capacity. A potential solution to the loss of hands-on experience and formal capacity training would be to build in a transition strategy for the PCU itself at project inception to evolve the organization into an NGO or Foundation at the end of the project. D) Sustainability Plan. In a post-conflict environment alternative arrangements need to be considered for any investments requiring recurrent cost financing. E) Stronger Incentives Structure. A monetary incentive system lacks basic non-monetary incentives to motivate its public servants (e.g. certificate or recognition). F) Restructuring of Project. In retrospect, the project should have been restructured to more clearly delineate the revised scope.


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    Guinea-Bissau - Basic Education Support Project

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Guinea-Bissau - Basic Education Support Project (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.