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Transforming Education Outcomes in Africa

Learning from Togo

  • This is an Open Access book

  • Considers resource allocations and education quality in combination

  • Argues that addressing low quality of education takes more than improved resource management, but a reconsideration of the way the education system is organized

  • Following the publication of the WDR 2018 on education, this book takes some of its key conclusions to a specific country. In doing so, the book aims to initiate a discussion on what it takes to bring learning into very weak education systems

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Table of contents (6 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvii
  2. Learning in Sub-Saharan Africa

    • Johannes Hoogeveen, Mariacristina Rossi
    Pages 1-7Open Access
  3. Primary Education in Togo

    • Johannes Hoogeveen, Mariacristina Rossi
    Pages 9-29Open Access
  4. Drivers of Performance

    • Johannes Hoogeveen, Mariacristina Rossi, Dario Sansone
    Pages 31-62Open Access
  5. Student Learning and Teacher Competence

    • Johannes Hoogeveen, Marcello Matranga, Mariacristina Rossi
    Pages 63-86Open Access
  6. Policy Suggestions and Concluding Remarks

    • Johannes Hoogeveen, Mariacristina Rossi
    Pages 87-97Open Access
  7. Correction to: Transforming Education Outcomes in Africa

    • Johannes Hoogeveen, Mariacristina Rossi
    Pages C1-C1Open Access
  8. Back Matter

    Pages 99-103

About this book

Good education changes lives. It is therefore unsurprising that improved schooling plays a central part in most development strategies. At the same time, the expansion of school attainment alone is not sufficient to guarantee improved welfare. This open access book focuses on one country in West Africa, Togo, to explore what a country that has successfully increased enrollment rates can do to enhance learning outcomes. The authors explore different avenues for improvement, including enhancing the efficiency with which resources are used; increasing the qualifications of teachers; and through greater community involvement in school management. There is scope for improvement along all these dimensions, yet changes at the margin are insufficient to bring about the transformation needed to bring about acceptable levels of learning.

Important reading for anyone interested in understanding the pathways to improving the education system in Togo and other developing countries.

Except where otherwise noted, this book is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 IGO License. To view a copy of this license, visit


  • Education reform
  • Education Economics
  • African Education Economics
  • Education efficiency
  • School enrolment
  • Togo’s education system
  • World Development Indicators
  • Togo’s education spending
  • Determinants of education efficiency
  • Learning achievements
  • Education inequality
  • Education outcomes
  • Primary education
  • Innovation in education
  • Open Access

Editors and Affiliations

  • World Bank, Washington, USA

    Johannes Hoogeveen

  • School of Management and Economics, Università di Torino, Turin, Italy

    Mariacristina Rossi

About the editors

Mariacristina Rossi is Associate Professor at the University of Turin, Italy, and Research Affiliate at Netspar, The Netherlands; Collegio Carlo Alberto, Italy; and National Scientific Council, CNR, Italy. She has published extensively on applied development economics and intertemporal household choices.

Johannes Hoogeveen is Lead Economist in the Poverty and Equity Global Practice, World Bank, USA. He has worked extensively across the Africa region, (amongst others) as country economist for Togo.

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

Hardcover Book USD 31.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)