Is education’s aid architecture broken?

In a recently released essay in the International Journal of Educational Development, R4D Senior Fellow Nick Burnett makes the case for reform in the architecture of international education aid. Inspired by this paper and recent efforts to fill critical knowledge, financing and leadership gaps, speakers will critically examine the current state of the education architecture and explore ways in which it can be improved in order to support quality education for all.

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  • Nick Burnett, R4D Senior Fellow
  • Julie Cram, USAID Deputy Assistant Minister, Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment
  • Annette Dixon, World Bank Vice President for Human Development
  • Robert Jenkins, UNICEF Education Chief
  • Gina Lagomarsino, R4D President and CEO
  • Dzingai Mutumbuka, Former Minister of Education for Zimbabwe

The following questions will be explored:

  • To what extent is the current aid architecture fit for purpose?
  • Which reforms to the current aid architecture are most critical? What are the barriers to enacting such reforms and how can they be overcome?
  • Which actors are best placed to lead reform efforts?
  • Are there lessons that might be learned from the organization of the aid architecture in other sectors?

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