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Social services


Education Now

15 June 1999

Oxfam International (OI) has launched a new campaign, Education Now: Break the Cycle of Poverty, calling for high-quality universal primary education by 2015. OI wants adjustment programmes to place more weight on human development outcomes than on economic objectives, by:

  • introducing social benchmarks to measure country performance and funding eligibility;
  • explicit monitoring of the consistency between stabilisation/adjustment plans and financing requirements for education and other social objectives;
  • prior assessment of the potential impact of adjustment programmes on poor households;
  • ESAF programmes moving away from deflationary fiscal policies and high interest rates.

To obtain Education Now, Break the Cycle of Poverty, publish@oxfam.org.uk.

For further information visit the website at www.oxfam.org/educationnow.