Home | 2011 Workshop

Cross-Sectoral Approaches
August 20, 2009 – 1:30 p.m.

Presenters:Mimy Santika, USAID Indonesia
Francis Gitonga, USAID Kenya
James MacNiel, World Education

Moderator: Robert Davidson, USAID Ghana

This session presented examples of successful cross-sectoral programming, integrating education activities with governance, health and agriculture projects. Case studies included an educational governance activity in Indonesia, a health education wraparound program in Kenya. Challenges included reporting and close coordination with Ministries and other stakeholders.

Mimy Santika from USAID Indonesia presented an education activity focused on building governance capacity. The program was developed in response to recent reform that included decentralization of basic education as local governments worked to decentralize. The program works on school management – training principals to govern schools well – in ten of Indonesia’s 33 provinces. The government is involved in the program, along with pre-service institutions, district officials, local master teachers, and private sector parties.

Francis Gitonga discussed how PEPFAR funds are used for education wraparound programs in Kenya. HIV/AIDS affects educational access and quality, curriculum development, mainstreaming issues into the curriculum such as life skills and other issues facing out-of-school youth. Life skills education covers these topics as part of the official Kenyan curriculum at all ages. PEPFAR strategies are aligned with the Ministry of Education and other stakeholders. Working in the Mission and with the MoE means participating in inter-agency groups to discuss how these issues affect one another and they carry out joint monitoring and portfolio review.

James McNiel presented the Student Farm School (SFS) program. In this program, students carry out experimental activities to learn about farming and the environment, along with other academic topics as an integrated curriculum. The project works in areas that are 80 percent rural, where families of the students as well as some of the teachers farm. An NGO that works on education is training teachers on the method, and the Ministries of Education and Agriculture have been supportive. Quality monitoring is very important, as well as community involvement. This can be challenging but there is also a lot of local expertise to tap into.

The group discussed results reporting, which varies on cross-sectoral projects, which makes attribution trickier. The group also discussed cross-sectoral interaction, where Mission team members from varied sectors work together on joint programming.

Key take away points included how cross-sectoral approaches to programming can be very timely in countries where issues are more responsive to comprehensive intervention. It requires close work with the MoE and other stakeholders for broad buy-in and coordination. Funding and reporting might be dual or multiple; therefore it is important to understand the reporting and funding requirements to be able to comply across the sectors, and to collaborate with the relevant partners inside and outside the Mission.

To view the presentations, please click on link below:
World Ed, MacNeil : Open
USAID Indonesia, Santika : Open
USAID Kenya, Gitonga : Open

For questions related to the 2009 Education Workshop,
please contact Rebekah Levi at rlevi@jbsinternational.com