"Following our recent pilot discussions feeding into the 19th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers, we are delighted to launch a new discussion on the Commonwealth Education Hub exploring how quality education for all can be financed.

Last month’s adoption of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development has set a direction for the international community to follow. Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General Maharaj described its adoption as a “seminal moment”, calling for a focus on inclusivity and non-traditional sources of finance.

As Education Hub community members prepare for further discussion of how to implement the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) agenda at the UN General Assembly in September, the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in November and the 21st Conference of the Parties in December, it seems an appropriate moment to reflect critically on the outcomes from Addis and the implications for Education financing going forward.

The Hub will therefore be hosting the following discussion question:

  • How can quality education for all be financed?
  • What do you see as the main challenges for financing quality education?
  • What potential solutions would you identify?

The discussion begins today and will be open for three weeks. We expect the discussion to cover a range of areas including the types of financing mechanisms available, mechanisms suited to lower and middle income countries and the contribution of policy making to implementing financing frameworks. During the course of the discussion, we will facilitate a particular focus on the role of innovative or non-traditional financing sources and the role of the private sector.

The discussion will close on the 1st September, when we will synthesise your responses and produce a final summary report. The content of the summary report will be posted on the Hub website and will also inform the production of a Commonwealth Secretariat policy brief on financing the SDG agenda.

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We look forward to a productive discussion.

With best regards,

The Facilitation Team

The Commonwealth Education Hub
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