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Improved Basic Education through Private-Sector Sponsorship of Public Schools

Latin America and the Caribbean USAID 2002 2003

The USAID/Dominican Republic’s School Sponsorship Project sought to promote the involvement of the private business sector in education improvement, and encourage an active role for NGOs as advocates for policy change at the national level and as facilitators for community participation at the school level.DevTech implemented this pilot program by mobilizing private-sector partnerships and promoting increased awareness of the benefits accruing to practitioners of corporate social responsibility. The project focused on the need to establish smooth, flexible, and permanent working relationships among the stakeholders involved in the improvement of basic education. The project also incorporated strategies to ensure sustainability through institutional strengthening of the partners as well as an ongoing attention to the particular needs of the various school communities for quality basic education.