Active in: Education

Summary Description

The Association for the Development of Education in Africa

ADEA was created in 1988.
See IEG Regional Program Review vol 2 issue 2, March 2008 for extensive description.

Aim & Objectives


  • stimulating discussion of education policies in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • improving donor coordination in the sector

As approved by ADEA Steering Committee (October 2007)

Vision statement: ADEA becomes a leader in the processes of dialogue, sharing, and learning for the qualitative transformation of education in support of Africa’s development.
Mission statement: To act as a catalyst for innovative policies and practices conducive to change in education through the pooling of thinking, experiences, lessons learned, and knowledge.

Strategic objectives:

  1. Foster the development of a shared understanding for coordinated and effective action by the main stakeholders to tackle the major challenges facing educational development in Africa.
  2. Contribute to the achievement of continental and regional integration objectives in the education sector, as defined by the AU and its NEPAD program through the Plan of Action for the Second Decade of Education for Africa (2006–2015) and Africa’s Science and Technology Consolidated Plan of Action.
  3. Produce the knowledge and lessons learned from successful experiences in areas that are critical to the qualitative transformation of education in Africa in order to reinforce the policies and capacity for reform.
  4. Disseminate as widely as possible the messages and findings accumulated by ADEA from policy dialogue, analytical research and exchanges of experience in order to support knowledge sharing, inter-learning, and capacity building.
  5. Improve ADEA’s performance in the areas of management, planning, evaluation, and accounting and financial reporting while at the same time strengthening its institutional capacity and organizational mechanisms

Claims & Core Values

  • influence educational policy and development agency coordination in the region by stimulating policy dialogue informed by research (analysis of existing problems and needs, and innovative solutions). *
  • build greater capacity for policy formulation and implementation and to promote enduring networks


Detailed information on programmes is available from:


Publications and information dissemination (including management of data bases such as PRISME (Program and Project Information System on Education)].