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Harmonizing donor initiatives in reforming TVET system

ISLAMABAD: Donor coordination is a key factor for ensuring effectiveness of aid, harmonising efforts, creating synergies and avoiding duplication of interventions in the development sector.

How better efforts of different donors can be coordinated in reforming Pakistan’s technical and vocational education and training (TVET) sector is the objective behind a platform recently formalised by the National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) in collaboration with the GIZ’s TVET Reform Support Programme.

The NAVTTC, being an apex body coordinating vocational and technical training, requires up-to-date information on all ongoing interventions at the national level. Similarly the donors also need timely information about different interventions to avoid overlapping.

The objective of donor coordination is to obtain a clear overview of and insight in donor interventions in the implementation of the National Skills Strategy (NSS) 2009-13, a key policy document. Moreover, strengthening the thematic coordination and cooperation among donors and stakeholders as well as achieving a sector-wide approach of all donors in TVET are the other major objectives of this forum.
The meeting of this forum was held in late August 2011, followed by a similar session held on 5th October 2011. The NAVTTC Director General (Planning & Development), Shahrukh Nusrat, chaired the meeting wherein representatives of different donors participated. They shared information about their respective interventions on the basis of an activity matrix, developed for such forum. At the same time, certain decisions were taken to make donor coordination an effective platform for modernising the TVET sector of Pakistan.

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