NORRAG provides backstopping support to the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) Education Programmes through a dedicated team. This mandate aims to strengthen the quality, effectiveness and implementation of SDC’s thematic work on education. The mandate specifically supports SDC’s Education Focal Point (EFP) and team for the implementation of SDC’s new education strategy launched in May 2017. The SDC’s education strategy resonates with NORRAG’s own thematic areas and mandate, considering education as a fundamental human right and a core enabler of sustainable development more broadly. The backstopping mandate runs from February 2018 to the end of January 2021.
The mandate specifically refers to assistance in the areas of analytical, methodological and thematic support for the EFP and communications and content support for the SDC’s Education Network, knowledge and information management, as well as support for SDC in its policy dialogue with the Global Partnership for Education (GPE).
In 2020, Barbara Zeus continued to lead the backstopping team, which also included Gita Steiner-Khamsi as Chief Technical Adviser, Marina Dreux Frotté as Communication and Outreach Coordinator, and Anouk Pasquier Di Dio as temporary Coordinator (until February 2020). In April 2020, Lisa Sabot-Schmid joined NORRAG’s SDC Backstopping team as Education Officer.