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HOW DOES SOCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY HELP RESOLVE THE LEARNING CRISIS?

Florencia Guerzovich, Maria Poli and Emilie Fokkelman

Publisher: GPSA

December 2018

In the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals, countries committed to ensuring inclusive and quality education for all and promoting lifelong learning. Three years later, the 2018 World Development Report warns that education globally is in a crisis. Learning outcomes remain poor, schools are failing learners, and systems are failing­ schools.­ The­ WDR ­identifes­ policy ­actions to turn around the learning crisis. The 2017-18 Global Education Monitoring Report calls for broad based engagement of stakeholders to increase accountability in education policy and service.

This­ document ­aims ­to­ briefly­ present­ pathways that can support World Bank teams working with country stakeholders to address the learning crisis. It draws on analysis from a forthcoming GPSA Note (‘the­Note’) ­that ­sets ­out­ concrete­ ways ­in­ which social accountability, an approach for engaging citizens and civil society organizations in public decision-making and in holding government accountable for its actions in the management of public resources, can help their efforts.

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