Expertise at the service of education in Africa 

Pôle de Dakar of the International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP – UNESCO) is a platform for expertise in education policy analysis. The Pôle works with ministries in charge of education and offers technical expertise to all African countries. The services offered by the Pôle de Dakar are organised upon request by partner governments, as part of an overall approach to national capacity building.

Founded in 2001, the Pôle de Dakar has been offering its expertise to African countries for nearly 15 years. Its activities contribute to UNESCO’s support for the development of effective, feasible, equitable and endogenous education policies in Africa.

Pôle de Dakar – Services

  • Education sector diagnosis – CSR
  • Specific sub-sector diagnoses
  • Thematic diagnoses
  • Early childhood development programme
  • Education-Training-Employment outlook
  • Financial framework of education policy
  • Support for education policy development
  • Training on education system management
  • On demand studies and training

Training Aiming to Reinforce the capacities of African Officials

In parallel to its mandate to support and provide expertise to African countries, the Pôle de Dakar offers a distance training programme and diploma on Sectorial Analysis and Management of Education Systems (SAMES).

The course is co-organized by the Pôle de Dakar and the University of the Gambia in Banjul.

It aims to share the methods of education sector analysis developed by the Pôle de Dakar with African officials responsible for the management, financing and evaluation of education systems.


A Centre for the Production of Statistical and Analytical Studies

The Pôle de Dakar also publishes thematic studies on key education policy issues and analytical and methodological notes for the diagnosis of education systems.

Finally, the Pôle de Dakar develops statistical tools enabling the historical and geographic comparison of key education indicators. In this context, it produces yearly country profiles including indicators related to the EFA objectives, to countries’ demographic and macroeconomic contexts, and to countries’ status with respect to the Fast Track Initiative.