Education is one of the surest means we have to end poverty and boost shared prosperity, but much of this potential is lost if students do not acquire the literacy and numeracy in school that they need to succeed in life.
Achieving learning for all children and youth will require moving beyond simply financing the inputs that education systems need, to strengthening these systems to deliver results. This, in turn, implies aligning governance, financing rules, incentives, and management practices with the ultimate goal of better learning outcomes, especially for children from the world’s poorest families—for whom access to quality education remains deeply inequitable. There is growing demand from countries for Results-Based Financing (RBF), which is a promising set of tools to help achieve this critical alignment within education systems.
RBF is an umbrella term that refers to any program that rewards the delivery of one or more outputs or outcomes by one or more incentives, financial or otherwise, upon verification that the agreed-upon result has actually been delivered. Incentives may be directed to ministries, provinces, districts, or service providers such as schools (supply side), program beneficiaries such as students or parents (demand side), or both. It can refer to donor financing, government financing, or both.
The World Bank Group’s level of support for RBF in education has been increasing, following the successful adoption of a related approach in the health sector. This trend has strategic implications in the post-2015 period. RBF could have a substantial impact in terms of achieving results that matter in education, and in helping countries leverage the financial resources needed to achieve the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals agenda.
The Results in Education for All Children (REACH) program aims to support efforts towards more and better education services, especially to those most excluded, by helping country systems focus more sharply on results.
REACH’s mission is in line with the World Bank Group’s education sector strategy and the Systems Approach for Better Results (SABER) program, but differentiates itself in its emphasis on building the evidence base specifically around results-based financing in education.
To achieve this, REACH funds:
In addition, REACH generates and shares knowledge around promising RBF approaches and builds the capacity of World Bank Group staff and development partners in designing and implementing results-based projects.
REACH is funded by the Government of Norway through NORAD, the Government of the United States of America through USAID, and by the Government of Germany through the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
REACH hosts various event to (i) build momentum and spread the word about RBF and how it can be used; (ii) bring together individuals working on RBF to share and capture their tacit knowledge; and (iii) train World Bank teams on how to use RBF instruments.
REACH’s learning and knowledge sharing activities include:
Information about Webinars related to REACH Calls for Proposals can be found under the Grants page here.
Background Information for Proposals:
REACH for Reading Webinars:
Results-Based Financing Around the World
The Results-Based Financing (RBF) Around the World series captures the findings and operational knowledge of REACH financed grants. For a full description of grants, please see Current Grantees here.
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