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World Education Receives World Bank Funding for Cambodia Reach for Reading program

August 16, 2017

World Education Cambodia was selected to receive a $500,000 award from the World Bank’s Reach for Reading program. World Education will improve accountability and transparency in the book supply chain in Cambodia by increasing the visibility of end-to-end data.

The Enhancing Book Distribution project will use Track and Trace system that was first developed by John Snow, Inc. and World Education under USAID’s All Children Reading Grand Challenge.

Track and Trace improves the transparency and accountability of the education supply chain by showing the actual location of textbooks throughout the ordering and distribution process. The Track and Trace technology allows government officials, school-level stakeholders such as support committees, parent associations, local partners, and distributors to track, in real time, the ordering and distribution of books and other supplies to ensure that they reach classrooms in a timely manner and in the right condition.

Track and Trace intervention seeks to generate rigorous evidence on the effectiveness of a results-based financing intervention that incentivizes school communities and other key players to build a robust supply chain for the distribution of books and supplies to classrooms in Cambodia.

This is an exciting collaboration between the sister organizations that harnesses JSI’s expertise in supply chain management and the Track and Trace technology, and World Education’s expertise in education and strong country presence in Cambodia. This is the first time a tracking system with these features will be applied at scale, and if successful, could be widely applicable to other countries.

Learn more about the Reach for Reading program and World Education’s role in Cambodia in The World Bank’s article, REACH and Global Book Alliance Award US$1.5 Million to Innovative Projects in Cambodia, South Africa and Zambia.