The HEDP will support the country’s NHESP II 2015-2020. The HEDP is organized under two components: (a) Higher Education Development Program; and (b) Program Operations and Technical Support. These components are complementary in nature. Component one has been strategically designed to assist the implementation of NHESP II. Component two will support the implementation of component one through program coordination, technical assistance, capacity building, monitoring and evaluation, and research and communication. These activities will benefit both the MoHE and the universities.
Component One: Higher Education Development Program
This component will support the implementation of the NHESP-II through a Results–Based Financing (RBF) modality. Disbursements will be associated with specific results called Disbursement Linked Indicators (DLIs). Financing will be provided against Eligible Expenditures Programs (EEPs) selected from annual MoHE budgets, rather than against specific inputs. The following key themes would be supported under the component.
Theme 1: Increasing Access to Priority Degree Programs for Economic Development
The objective of this theme is to expand enrollment in degree programs that are of direct relevance for future economic development. Special attention will be given to increase female enrollment in priority degree programs, through initiatives such as: (a) providing scholarships for female students from disadvantaged backgrounds to enroll in priority degree programs; (b) strengthening orientation, counseling and support services for women in universities; (c) improving transportation services to and from universities; and (d) developing on-line higher education courses to expand opportunities, especially for women who are physically constrained for cultural reasons from attending universities. The expected increase in student numbers will also require expansion of a variety of physical facilities and equipment, such as lecture halls, tutorial rooms, ICT facilities and equipment, science and medical laboratories and equipment, libraries and e-resources, residential facilities and water and sanitation. The construction activities required to implement the NHESP-II would be funded through the MoHE budget.