Education Articles & Analysis

Chapter | Health & Education from The Report: Nigeria 2017

In February 2017 the Nigerian government approved the second National Strategic Health Development Plan. The policy “lays emphasis on primary health care… in addition to the provision of financial risk protection to all Nigerians”. It also aims to fast-track the operationalisation of the 2014 National Health Bill, which overhauled the organisation and funding of the health care system and allowed private sector participation to expand. At a time when the government’s budget is shrinking, the private sector has emerged as a crucial player in the country’s bid to improve efficiency as well as access to health care services. With 43% of its 189m citizens under the age of 15, Nigeria is a young country on the cusp of a major demographic shift. Significant reforms are required to the education system if the nation’s youth are to find a place in the workforce. As the population continues to grow, pressure on public services, including education, will increase. Without further reform, the public school system is likely to come under severe stress. The administration is aware of the challenges and has implemented policies to improve both primary education and university-level instruction. As such, there are significant opportunities for further investment and development from the primary to the tertiary segment. This chapter contains an interview with Mark Wagstaff, Country Manager West Africa, Pfizer.

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Chapter | Health & Education from The Report: Nigeria 2017

In February 2017 the Nigerian government approved the second National Strategic Health Development Plan. The policy “lays emphasis on primary health care… in addition to the provision of financial risk protection to all Nigerians”. It also aims to fast-track the operationalisation of the 2014 National Health Bill, which overhauled the organisation and funding of the health care system and...

With Africa’s largest economy and its biggest population, Nigeria is the continent’s heavyweight. The country has been blessed with resource-rich lands, areas of great agricultural fertility and favourable demographics, but it has also had its fair share of challenges.

After a number of challenging years, PNG is starting to hit its equilibrium point again. It has largely passed through the period of difficult adjustments, and now some balance has returned. A number of long-planned projects are progressing and new areas of opportunity are being explored.

Chapter | Education & Health from The Report: Thailand 2017

Selected headline numbers generated by the Thai education sector have been encouraging. The country has a high rate of literacy, an increasing number of top-rated universities, long school-life expectancy, a strong history of education and a large education budget. Globally and regionally, it compares well by these measures. The country also has ambitions to become a major educational centre,...

Chapter | Education from The Report: Kuwait 2017

Driven by the need to accommodate rising enrolment and government efforts to address long-standing issues in public education, the education sector in Kuwait is undergoing significant reform in 2017. Government-directed reforms and investments include those initiated in the general education segment under Kuwait’s Integrated Education Reform Programme and School Education Quality Improvement...

As Kuwait’s economy continues to adjust to the new oil price environment the country’s government is pushing ahead with investment plans and reforms that promise to put the country on a sustainable growth path in the coming years.