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Following three feasibility assessment trips, the COD Aid team has written briefs to describe the potential for a COD aid program in the education sectors of Malawi, Ethiopia and Liberia. These studies discuss how donors can pay for measurable progress on pre-agreed outcomes in each of these contexts.
Cash on Delivery Aid: Implementation of a Pilot in Ethiopia
The UK Department for International Development and the Government of Ethiopia are the first to pilot an aid program that is based on the Cash on Delivery model. DFID’s results-based aid pilot in the education sector involves payments to the Ethiopian government for each student above a baseline that takes and each student that passes a grade 10 examination. In March 2012, Nancy Birdsall and Rita Perakis met with DFID and government officials in Ethiopia to learn about implementation progress and challenges. This report describes features of the pilot and recommendations for next steps.
Two Ideas for Cash on Delivery Aid for Education in Tanzania: A Briefing Note
In March 2012, Nancy Birdsall, William Savedoff and Rita Perakis met with representatives of government and donor agencies in Tanzania who expressed interest in exploring applications of Cash on Delivery Aid in the education sector. Written as a follow up to those meetings, this note outlines possible ways for Tanzania and its development partners to implement COD Aid for increased learning in primary and secondary schools. It is meant to serve as a starting point for discussions about the design and implementation of education sector pilot programs.
Cash on Delivery Aid: Exploration of Feasibility in Malawi
In December 2009, Nancy Birdsall, William Savedoff and Ayah Mahgoub met with government officials, donor representatives and civil society leaders in Malawi to learn whether and how COD Aid could be offered to support the education sector. The following report described the potential for a COD Aid program in Malawi and suggests next steps for the government and the donors if there is interest in implementing such a program.
Cash on Delivery Aid: Exploration of Feasibility in Ethiopia
In December 2009, Nancy Birdsall met with government officials and donor representatives in Ethiopia to learn whether and how COD Aid could be offered to support the education sector. The following report described the potential for a COD Aid program in Ethiopia and suggests next steps for the government and the donors if there is interest in implementing such a program.
Cash on Delivery Aid: Exploration of Feasibility in Liberia
Upon the request of Liberian government officials, William Savedoff and Ayah Mahgoub met with government and development partner leaders in Monrovia to learn whether and how COD Aid could be offered to support basic education. The following brief describes the potential for a COD Aid program in Liberia and offers suggestions for how donors can implement the approach in the country.