Education For All – Fast Track Initiative

Education For All – Fast Track Initiative

The Education for All Fast-track Initiative (EFA FTI) was created as the first ever global compact on education, to help low-income countries achieve a free, universal basic education. It was launched in 2002 as a global partnership between donor and developing country partners to ensure accelerated progress towards the Millennium Development Goal of universal primary education by 2015. All low-income countries which demonstrate serious commitment to achieve universal primary completion can join EFA FTI.

The FTI “compact”, based on mutual accountability, aims to provide the incentives and resources to empower poor nations to build and implement sound education plans. Developing countries are responsible for taking ownership of crafting national education plans, with budget accountability and a greater commitment of political and financial resources, while donor countries commit to providing the additional technical know-how and funding required ensuring that no country that has met its obligations would fail for lack of resources or technical capacity.

Through the Education for All Fast Track Initiative, all involved partner countries and agencies coordinate at both national and international levels to ensure greater donor harmonization, knowledge sharing and resource mobilization. Globally, EFA FTI encompasses all major donors for education: more than 30 bilateral, regional and international agencies and development banks. At its inception, EFA FTI was created as an instrument to help low-income countries close four gaps: finance, policy, capacity and data. In addition to increasing resources, EFA FTI is helping to address the other gaps through support for the development of comprehensive sector wide education plans and by strengthening efforts to better track progress towards the EFA goals, including for example primary completion rates.

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