PEP policy conference: recent PEP findings regarding the impact of a school canteen program influence national policymaking process in Senegal

Dakar, Senegal – July 10, 2012

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"Based on the evidence produced by Dr Diagne’s research team, the key policy-related attendants expressed their intent to pursue and even scale-up what was initially an experimental program, as well as to double the number of school canteens to be implemented over the next three years"

On July 10, 2012, PEP researcher Abdoulaye Diagne - also regional representative of PEP in Africa, as Director of the PEP African host institution “Consortium pour la recherche économique et sociale” (CRES) – organized a special policy conference in Dakar, Senegal, to communicate the findings from his PEP impact evaluation research project entitled`:

Assessing the Impact of Deworming and School Canteen Programs in Primary Schools of Rural Senegal”.

The event, organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Education – whom the research team had also worked in close collaboration with, all throughout the project cycle – aimed to provide key decision-makers, from the Ministry and other development partners involved at the national level, with the evidence base produced in the context of this particular project, to inform and assist them in making relevant policy decisions.

Another more specific objective of the conference was to raise awareness, among the national authorities in education, of the need to implement an instance responsible for monitoring and evaluating the impact/effectiveness of government initiatives and policies in the context of national education programs.

As the event benefited from wide media coverage, the communicated project’s findings and recommendations were also widely disseminated to the general public.

In addition to high officials from government agencies, several representatives from international organizations and NGOs – such as Child Fund, Counterpart International, USAID, UNESCO, UNICEF, the World Food Program and the World Health Organization, etc.

Indeed, the organizers were successful in achieving their objectives, as the key policy-related attendants expressed their intent to pursue and even scale-up the (initially) experimental school canteens program, as well as to double the number of canteens to be implemented over the next three years, based on the evidence produced by Dr Diagne’s research team.

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