• Type: KPMG information
  • Date: 12/18/2013

Changes in higher education funding policy benefit poorer students  

The Ministry of Education and Science in Armenia has incorporated the findings of a Benefit Incidence Analysis in Education, undertaken by GDN partner Advanced Social Technologies (AST), into a new strategy for more equitable higher education spending, which will ultimately benefit up to 10,000 students from the poorest income quintile (poorest 20% of the population) in Armenia.
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Key elements of context


  • Governments are, in most cases, the primary providers of health and education services and the leading investors in infrastructure. Therefore, improvements in quality of governance can have a tremendous impact on development outcomes, especially in social services.
  • In recent times Armenia launched comprehensive Public Financial Management reforms and initiated rolling out of these techniques to line ministries. The reforms are supported by donor community, including DFID and the World Bank.
  • The reforms had been successfully institutionalized at the central level and are incorporated into the financial planning, management and reporting systems. However, the country still lacks proper implementation of contemporary technologies at line ministries level.
  • The project sought to address this lack of capacity in formulating research‐based policies, effectively linking policies with budgets and monitoring and assessing the impact of implemented policies.