The fonds consists of records that reflect the various activities of the education sector in the World Bank. Included in the fonds are records related to research activities. These include: proposals; Research Project Outputs (RPOs); exploratory studies; and other research undertaken by education sector departments. Record formats may include, but are not limited to: research proposals; terms of reference; contracts; agreements with consultants, universities and other third parties who are doing research for or with the division; back-to-office reports; statistical and other data; published and unpublished reports; working papers; related correspondence; information on surveys; and supporting documentation. Topics may include but are not limited to: economic impact of education; women in education; structural adjustment and education; education and public expenditures; education strategy and employment policies; assessments of testing capacities; effects of school conditions and atmosphere on students' performances.
Research records related to policy and best practice development are also included. Topics may include, but are not limited to: building research capacity; economics of education; primary, secondary and higher education; education and adjustment; employment and labor market; vocational training; and higher education in the sciences. The majority of these records is correspondence, but may also include: sector policy reviews; Operations Annual Review; Sector and Operations Vice Presidency (OSP) Annual Sector Review; Operations Evaluation Department (OED) Annual Reviews; and documents relating to special studies. Also included is a final version of the education sector strategy paper (1999) as well as records related to an External Advisory Panel's Advisory Group on Education, which contains correspondence, Group reports, meeting materials, and presentation slides.
Records that document the sector's operational support to the Bank's lending and project activities are included in this fonds. These records primarily include regional strategy papers and supporting correspondence, country summaries, and education status data. Also included are the final review reports of the quality enhancement review panel's work on a number of education projects between 2001 and 2007.
A small amount of correspondence, policy, guidelines, proposals, and organization files related to the Special Grant Program as well as trust funds administered by the education sector are also included.
The fonds also consist of recordsof liaison between Bank education sector departments and national and international organizations, academic institutions and other external education and employment sectors. These records consist exclusively of correspondence.
Records related to communications, training, and outreach activities of the education sector are contained in this fonds. Records relating to a variety of conferences, workshops, seminars, and study tours are included. These records include correspondence, agendas, presentation slides, and training materials. A considerable amount of records related to the World Conference on Education for All (WCEFA) in 1989 are contained in this fonds. The Conference was jointly sponsored by the Bank and the United Nations (UN). While the records were originally created by the Secretariat in New York City, the Bank took responsibility for follow-up matters and thus the records were transferred to the Bank's offices in Washington. A small amount of education sector publications are included; these consist of discussion papers of the Education and Training Series from the mid-1980s. A variety of knowledge and information products produced or received by education sector departments are included. These take the form of: Bank reports; project lesson reports; newsletters; presentations; correspondence; and supporting documentation.
This fonds also consists of education policy reports primarily authored by World Bank education policy staff and consultants from 1974 to 1990.
The fonds also contains small amounts of: Education Sector Board meeting records; chronological files of the Education Sector Board (ESB); and subject files. Also included are HDNED budget and financial review records from 1997 to 2000. These include: business plans; mid-term reviews; retrospective reviews; and budgets.