Education is an essential instrument for poverty alleviation and social equity as well as for achieving long-term goals of economic competitiveness. The need for education sector restructuring to meet these challenges is obvious. A gradual shift from project support to programme and sector approaches requires different types of competencies throughout the project cycle.

Modalities need to be designed and implemented in order to provide incentives for public institutions to diversify their sources of funding and to closely link government funding with performance. Consequently, oversight bodies need to be strengthened to implement and monitor transparent mechanisms for the allocation of public education budgets, restructuring financial assistance systems and strengthening managerial capacities of education and training institutions. There is a need for quality improvement and the establishment of accreditation and performance assessment systems.

CSRD always had a good track record in project-related training, but through in-house capacity and networking with universities and research and development institutions it is increasingly positioning for large-scale basic education, higher education and Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) projects.