Signing Ceremony of Education Services Joint Fund (ESJF)

Signing ceremony at Muzu School Lilongwe in the presence of the Hon. Minister Dr. Emmanuel Fabiano Enlarge image Signing ceremony at Muzu School Lilongwe in the presence of the Hon. Minister Dr. Emmanuel Fabiano (© Svein Jørgen, Royal Norwegian Embassy)

The Government of Malawi and the Governments of Norway, Germany and United Kingdom, World Bank and UNICEF have committed to an important agreement to support Malawi’s education sector. The agreement – known as the Education Services Joint Fund (ESJF) – is a multi-donor fund that provides earmarked support to some of the education sector key priorities. The arrangement is signed by the Government of Malawi and the Governments of Norway and Germany, the World Bank and UNICEF.  In the first year of its operation, the Development Partners Norway, World Bank and UNICEF intend to commit US$19,4 m (K14 b) to the Education Services Joint Fund.  The Government of Germany aims to commence support the ESJF in its second year of operation from 2018 - providing Euros 10m (K6b) to be earmarked for infrastructure and equipment.

The ESJF is accompanied by a broader agreement known as the Common Fiduciary Oversight Arrangement (CFOA). The CFOA is an overarching agreement between Government and Development Partners to strengthen the Governments financial management systems. The CFOA is signed by the Governments of Norway, Germany and the United Kingdom, the World Bank and UNICEF.  

A signing ceremony took place on April 12, 2017 at Muzu School Lilongwe in the presence of the Hon. Minister of Education, Dr. Emmanuel Fabiano.