Higher Education Development Project (HEDP) is a World Bank-funded project aimed supporting the development goals of Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE). The Project’s concept and design have been prepared following painstaking and extensive process of consultation and collaboration with the MoHE; Ministry of Finance; representatives of higher education institutions, both public and private; academic community; and major development partners active in the country’s higher education sector.
HEDP’s overall objective is to increase access to, and improve the quality and relevance of higher education. The following key themes will be supported by the project:
- Increasing Access to Priority Degree Programs for Economic Development
- Modernizing and Enhancing the Quality of Teaching and Learning
- Improving the Qualifications and Skills of University Staff Members
- Strengthening Governance, Quality Assurance and Accreditation
- Stimulating Development Oriented Research
The Project plays an instrumental role in implementing National Higher Education Strategic Plan II (2015-2020), a five-year development roadmap designed to improve the higher education sector by expanding enrollment, employing new research methods, improving quality, and orienting higher education to promote the future economic and social development of Afghanistan
The Project is organized into two components: (A) the Higher Education Development Program component; and (B) the Program Operations and Technical Support component. Component A constitutes the lion’s share of the Project, designed to support implementation of NHESP-II. The flow of funds under this component will follow a results-based financing arrangement. Disbursements are linked to specific result that would contribute to the achievement of the overall objectives of the NHESP-II and HEDP. They will finance Eligible Expenditures Programs (EEP) selected from the MoHE’s budget, rather than against specific investments.
Component B will assist the implementation of the first component through coordination, technical assistance (TA), capacity building, monitoring and evaluation, innovation, pilots, research and communication. The flow of funds under this component will be provided against specific investments, as normally done under the Bank’s Investment Project Financing modality.
The project’s components work may be different in nature, but complementary to one another.