Global Webinar on Domestic Financing of Education

Date: 28 Jul 2020
Time: 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Event Type: Webinar

The urgency for collectively addressing domestic financing of education is clear. Worldwide school closures as a result of COVID-19 have already affected the education of over 1.5 billion children. Just as schools start to re-open, the second effect of COVID-19 on education will be felt: an economic crisis that acutely threatens public finances and the capacity of governments to maintain present provision let alone expand in order to achieve SDG4. Aid can and must of course play a role in filling some of the potential gaps in education financing, but there is no prospect of sufficient resources being mobilised from international sources. The vast bulk of the financing needed will, as always, come from domestic sources.  But education will be on the backfoot compared with other sectors such as health in competing for a greater share of national budgets. And scrambling for a greater share of a shrinking overall national pot will not be a credible answer.

This is the moment when the education community needs to look at strategic financing issues that affect the whole public sector – to find common solutions to defend and increase domestic financing for all public services. This will require coordinated action for example looking at action on debt, tax reform, macro-economic policies, public sector wage bills and other elements affecting sustainable domestic financing.  International actors will have a key role to play in transforming their own policies and practices to leverage and incentivise sustainable domestic financing of education, alongside other public services, post-COVID.

This webinar convenes key global actors in an unprecedented dialogue, including developing country governments, civil society organisations, philanthropic foundations, UN agencies and multi-stakeholder partnerships. Together can we ensure that our support is not just a short-term plaster but part of a long-term cure?


8:00 – 10:00 EDT New York

12:00 – 14:00 GMT Freetown

13:00 – 15:00 BST London

14:00 – 16:00 CEST Paris

Outline Programme:

After an opening session with Hon. Dr. David Moinina Sengeh, Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary Education, Sierra Leone, there will be three panels. Each speaker will present for 5 mins each, followed by 10/15-minute interaction between panellists, drawing on questions / issues raised by participants.

Opening session: 20 mins

Julia Sanchez, Secretary General, ActionAid International

Introducing the webinar and the key issues

Hon. Dr. David Moinina Sengeh, Minister of Education, Government of Sierra Leone

The impact of COVID on domestic financing of education; challenges and opportunities


Panel 1: CSO Perspectives: 30 mins

Caroline Othim – Policy Coordinator, Global Alliance for Tax Justice

Connecting tax justice and education justice: the potential for progressive partnerships

David Archer – Head of Public Services, ActionAid

How action on debt, tax and austerity can transform financing

Dennis Sinyolo – Senior Coordinator, Education International

The need for predictable financing to pay for professional teachers

Nalucha Nganga Ziba – Country Director, ActionAid Zambia

African youth perspectives and activism linking tax and education


Panel 2: Perspectives from UN and multi-stakeholder partnerships: 30 mins

Stefania Giannini – Assistant Director General UNESCO

The crucial role of domestic financing in achieving SDG4

Nora Fyles – Director, United Nations Girls Education Initiative

Gender responsive revenue collection and education budgeting

Alice Albright – CEO, Global Partnership for Education (by video)

How GPE can leverage and incentivise greater domestic financing


Panel 3: Perspectives from philanthropic foundations: 30 mins

Camilla Croso – Director of Education, Open Society Foundations (tbc)

Connecting philanthropy and domestic financing for the right to education

John Rendel – Director, Peter Cundill Foundation

How private foundations can support public education systems

Michael Gibbons – Wellspring Advisers

Emerging opportunities to support advocacy and social accountability


Concluding Session: 10 mins

Julia SanchezChair

Pulling out common threads and identifying some key recommendations