The Education Sector Budget Support is a grant funding arrangement (GFA) between the Cook Islands Ministries of Education (MOE), Finance and Economic Management and the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT). It was signed in July of 2012 and ends in June 2015.

The goal of the Activity is to ‘contribute to the implementation of the strategic and operational plans of MOE’. The evaluation focuses on the outputs and related activities supported by the GFA, particularly those outlined in its Results Measurement Table. The time period covered is 1 July 2012 to 1 October 2014. The geographic focus is the Cook Islands.

This report is the result of a Desk Study of relevant documents and reports.

NZ funding contributes directly to the achievement of the MOE Business Plans and Statement of Intent. These plans have been aligned with and are relevant to the Cook Islands Education Master Plan 2008-2023 (EMP). In turn the EMP is aligned to Cook Islands national goals stated in the National Sustainable Development Plan (NSDP) 2011-2015.

The activities supported under the GFA have contributed to the effectiveness of the education system by supporting a range of initiatives to produce the results indicated in the GFA and has contributed to achieving the desired outcomes.

It appears that NZ funding is being used for the intended purposes to support the activities agreed in the GFA.

The outputs and related activities enabled under the Arrangement have contributed to progressing the short and medium term outcomes sought in the Results Measurement Table.

It can be concluded that if NZ funding was not available, without a commensurate increase in budget from Cook Island Government or other sources, current activities could not be sustained or progress to achieve desired outcomes maintained.

There are some areas where an enhancement or refocusing of the outputs and activities enabled by the Arrangement may lead to more sustainable outcomes in the future.

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