International Working Group on Education (IWGE)
Financing Education: Redesigning national strategies and the Global Aid Architecture
IWGE Meeting 2010
A summary of discussions and recommendations
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The International Working Group on Education (IWGE), an informal group of aid agencies and foundations, met in Stockholm, Sweden, on 7 and 8 June 2010. The theme chosen for the 2010 meeting was Financing education: redesigning national strategies and the global aid architecture. The discussions focused on the strategies for the financing of education, taking into account the implications of EFA at the post-primary levels of education and the implications of the current economic crisis on public funding of education. Papers on the topic were prepared and presented on the global picture and regional scenarios, with particular emphasis on Africa and Asia.
The discussions revealed that, although it is necessary to continue to focus on primary education, there is also a need to take into account the pressure to expand post-primary levels of education.
In primary education, priority for investment needs to be accorded to quality of education and to the groups that are hardest to reach, which now remain outside the orbit of the educational process.
There is a need for increased donor support to expand public investment in education to reach the most deprived groups and the least developed regions.
There is also a need for increased investment in global public good.
Decisions to invest should be evidence-based, and donor support needs to consider allocative efficiency and aid effectiveness. Aid coordination with recipient governments in the lead help enhance aid effectiveness.
Some very interesting presentations were made, which can be consulted (PDF) by clicking on the links below.