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Partners

World Education has a Monitoring and Evaluation sub-contractor of the AGSP. SageFox is based in Amherst, MA and follows the activities of the NGO partners very closely. SageFox has developed an interactive live database called FieldLink that NGOs use to enter and track data on the scholars. The partners were trained in the use of this database in-country, by SageFox staff. Our monitoring and evaluation sub-contractor has also developed a monitoring protocol that is used by evaluation consultants who conduct field visits in order to report on program progress, successes and challenges. For more information on SageFox and the database, please visit sagefoxgroup.com

World Education partners with local NGOs in each country to facilitate scholarship distribution and program implementation. Depending on the number of scholars, the capacity of the partners, and the regions of implementation, the number of NGOs contracted varies from one to eight NGOs per country. Partnerships with the NGOs help facilitate communities' scholar selection and scholarship distribution. The NGOs also serve as the primary implementer of the program in their communities. The NGO partners help communities set up scholar selection committees; determine, procure and distribute the scholarship items (with significant community input); monitor the girls' achievements, and implement community participation and mentoring activities throughout the school year.

AGSP scholars in Senegal.

World Education also partners with community level stakeholders such as parent teacher associations (PTAs), mothers associations (AMEs), community leaders, religious leaders, and other community based organizations that are fully sensitized on AGSP goals and objectives and serve on the scholar selection committees and/or help with the mentoring activities. In several communities in Mali, the NGOs helped create new AMEs where they previously did not exist.

In most countries, World Education staff and AGSP consultants provide ongoing support, training, and technical assistance to the partner NGOs on proposal writing and budgeting, programmatic and financial management and reporting, program monitoring, communication, mentoring initiatives and outreach. The role of the consultants has changed since the inauguration of the program and will continue to evolve over the duration of the contract.

A number of lessons were learned regarding partnerships with local organizations. World Education's criteria and transparent process for NGO partner recruitment has proved invaluable, especially at the national level. Another lesson is that strong community partnerships have been critical in laying the foundation for sustainability and behavior change. Community-based organizations have effectively enabled World Education to implement the program and promote girls' education throughout the target zones. Finally, we have learned that collaborating with existing education programs in Guinea, Mali and Benin has facilitated implementation. Partnerships with national level stakeholders such as the Ministry of Education, Education for All, and UNICEF have benefited the program in other countries such as The Gambia and Nigeria as well.

For more information regarding partners in specific countries please refer to the Country Pages.