2:30—3:45 PM
Center for Global Development
2055 L Street NW
- Fifth Floor
Washington, DC 20036

Financing for Learning: Making Global Education a Reality


Gordon Brown, United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, Chair of the Education Commission, and former Prime Minister, United Kingdom

Julia Gillard, Board Chair, Global Partnership for Education, and former Prime Minister, Australia

H.E. Dr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, Former President of Tanzania

Anthony Lake, Executive Director, UNICEF


Amanda Glassman, Senior Fellow and Chief Operating Officer, Center for Global Development

With current investment trends, by 2030, more than half the world’s children will not achieve a quality education. So, this year, global education financing is high on the agenda – at the G20, with the G7 accountability report, the World Bank’s World Development Report, and the upcoming replenishment conference for the Global Partnership for Education (GPE).

Building on the momentum of last year’s report of the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity, chaired by former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, and the launch of the Education Cannot Wait Fund, incubated at UNICEF, to address learning needs in humanitarian emergencies, this event will discuss how current investment can be leveraged and increased to ensure that every child can access their right to a quality education.

Leaders of three key agencies will present their respective proposals to provide necessary and complementary financing for education: GPE’s Case for Investment, Education Cannot Wait’s unique model in emergency situations, and the Education Commission’s International Financing Facility for Education (IFFEd).

Given CGD’s research on what works — and doesn’t work — in global education, we are delighted to host this high level dialogue about how to secure sufficient, stable financing that can transform global learning outcomes.


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