Better Education Service Delivery for All (WB-P160430)

  • Nigeria
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  • World Bank (WB)
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Project Status
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Voting Date
Jun 20, 2017
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  • Education and Health
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 611.00 million
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Project Cost (USD)
$ 611.00 million
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Primary Source

Original disclosure @ WB website

Updated in EWS Sep 18, 2017

Disclosed by Bank Dec 2, 2016

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Project Description
The development objective of the Better Education Service Delivery for All (BESDA) Operation Project for Nigeria is to increase equitable access for out-of-school children and improve literacy in focus states, and strengthen accountability for results, in basic education in Nigeria. This operation is well aligned with the World Bank Group’s 2014 Nigeria country partnership strategy (CPS) for FY2014-2017, as well as its adjustment under the 2016 performance and learning review (PLR). The program-for-results (PforR) instrument is considered the best fit to support the government’s universal basic education (UBE) program; ensure a focus on education outputs and outcomes; and incentivize performance at all levels. By focusing on an agreed set of results, yet allowing flexibility and incentivizing home-grown solutions (to respond to specific needs) at the state and local levels, the PforR instrument accommodates Nigeria’s federal nature. The BESDA operation is designed as a hybrid consisting of two parts: the program using a PforR instrument, and a technical assistance (TA) component, which uses an investment project financing (IPF) instrument. Given the scale of the challenge of out-of-school children in Nigeria, and the commitment of the World Bank to transformational improvement in education outcomes in Africa in general and Nigeria in particular, this operation supports a first phase of the government’s longer-term education reform agenda. The operation also incentivizes data collection on key education system attributes and outcomes, and use of these data in institutionalizing need-based state plans and in coordinated strategic planning across federal and state levels.
Investment Description

Contact Information
Borrower/Client/Recipient Contact: Mr. Aliyu Ahmed Title: Director, International Economic Relations Department Tel: +2348055231816 Email: Implementing Agency: Universal Basic Education Commission Contact: Dr. Hamid Bobboyi Title: Executive Secretary Email: ACCOUNTABILITY MECHANISM OF WORLD BANK The World Bank Inspection Panel is the independent complaint mechanism and fact-finding body for people who believe they are likely to be, or have been, adversely affected by a World Bank-financed project. If you submit a complaint to the Inspection Panel, they may investigate to assess whether the World Bank is following its own policies and procedures for preventing harm to people or the environment. You can contact the Inspection Panel or submit a complaint by emailing You can learn more about the Inspection Panel and how to file a complaint at: