Piloting of a Social Accountability Approach in the Education Sector (2012)

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Project Duration

1 year

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Value of Montrose Component



  • Despite efforts by the Government of Namibia to improve the quality and provision of education in Namibia, there is still a low ‘accountability culture’ characterised by high rates of repetition, school leaving, and teacher attrition; stagnating promotion rates; unequal and limited access to secondary education; and insufficient access to skills training.


  • Montrose provided technical assistance to sensitise government, development partners and other key stakeholders on social accountability mechanisms within the education system in Namibia.
  • Montrose carried out a desk review of relevant global experiences, good practices and lessons learned in social accountability in education.
  • Consultations and capacity development workshops were then held with key stakeholders in Namibia at the national and regional level including the Ministry of Education, Regional Education Officers, Civil Society Organisations, development partners, school management committees, school board members, and Regional Education Forums to sensitise them on key social accountability mechanisms.


  • The desk review and capacity development workshops culminated in the development of:
    • A social accountability manual with mechanisms and tools for performance monitoring, evaluation and feedback to policy makers for implementation in Namibia.
    • An operational plan to expand the piloted social accountability mechanisms nationwide.