Central Asia Education Cooperation Network (CAEN)

Project Overview

Project Title Central Asia Education Cooperation Network (CAEN)
Project Number 37288-012
Country Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan Tajikistan Uzbekistan
Overall Project Value(EUR) 0 - 500 000
Project Start – Project End October 6, 2003–September 30, 2005
Project Status Closed

Funding and Implementing Organizations

Origin of Funding Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Project Budget(EUR) 147,482
Implementing Organization / Consortium
Contact / Team Leader / Project Team

Responsible ADB Officer
Manuela Prina
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Project Summary, Objectives and Results

Project Summary

The Central Asia Republics (CARs) faced dramatic political and socioeconomic changes following independence from the Former Soviet Union. One sector greatly affected has been education. One of the main obstacles to effective education reforms in the region has been a centralized, top-down approach to education planning and administration, resulting in the exclusion of major stakeholders. Furthermore, information systems and data on education in the CARs are often unreliable, incomparable, and are not always relevant to policy work. This technical assistance (TA) was co-prepared and co-financed by the Open Society Institute (Budapest) and covered four countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan and had the objective to increase communication among education stakeholders in the region, leading to the creation of the Central Asia Education Network (CAEN).

Project Objectives

The TA contributed to the education reform process in the CARs by improving cooperation in the region. The outcome of the Project was the establishment of a network of education stakeholders in the CARs, interacting primarily through an Internet interface, to share information on education reforms, projects, legislation, statistics, analytical reports and other resources.

Education Sector HE, VET (IVET & CVET)
Components of the Education Process Education Management, Education Policy Advice & Development, Institutional strengthening & capacity building, Mobility and international exchange, Standards and curriculum development
Occupational Field Not applicable
Target Groups Politicians/decision-makers in economics, labour, employment & education policy, Decision-makers and managers in VET and HE institutions, Developers of standards, programs, curricula etc., Standardisation, Certification, Accreditation Bodies
Related Projects

Central Asian Education Platform (CAEP)

Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies (DIES)

Subregional Cooperation in Managing Education Reforms


– The main assignment of the team was to build and populate the Internet interface, a main tool for the communication of the network. This part of the work took most of the resources, while less attention was given to the actual “building of the network”.
– The website www.educasia.net (and www.educasia.ru) were finalized during the third quarter of 2005.
– A major regional event was prepared and took place in March 2006. The event was the occasion to evaluate the TA activities and sustainability of the network.
– During the second extension, two capacity building events were organized and delivered jointly by OSI and ADB for the network.

Project Results

Main outputs of the TA included:

(i) opening the education reform process to a variety of stakeholders groups;

(ii) developing the capacity of local education professionals for educational policy research, analysis, reporting, monitoring and advocacy;

(iii) increasing the awareness among CAR policy makers regarding international experience in reforming education;

(iv) creating a platform for discussing and initiating cooperation and partnership between education stakeholders in the CARs.

Therefore, additional activities were undertaken during the implementation of the Project to ensure the effectiveness and sustainability of the TA.

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