High-Impact Domestic Financing: Evidence, Equity, Efficiency

Education Development Trust, British Council, and FCDO invite you to join us as we explore how evidence and equity can impact efficiency in education financing.

With finite resources in education, ministers and policymakers are rightly preoccupied with efficiency and value for money, as outlined in the Kenyatta Declaration on Domestic Financing, to maximise educational return on investment. 

There is an emerging research base (eg, ‘smart buys’) to support ministerial decision making however evidence-informed planning for equitable outcomes depends on more than this. Processes and systems are key, with consideration not just of the synthesis of good quality research-based evidence, but also: system-level infrastructure for gathering and analysing disaggregated data; alignment of global insights with local, contextual evidence; mediation of research-based insights for frontline staff and; spaces where professionals at all levels can engage and reflect on practice.

This 90-minute on-line seminar brought together ministers and experts to consider how to use evidence to drive efficiency and equity, and brought the evidence to life through a focus on context and learning. The discussion was underpinned by evidence including examples such as the Education Data Hub in Sierra Leone, interventions supporting girls’ education with the UK’s FCDO, the Building Learning Foundations programme in Rwanda, and our own research on best use of evidence.

Together, we explored practical actions in support of the Raise Your Hand campaign, the Global Education Summit as hosted by the UK and Kenya, and President Kenyatta’s declaration in the Heads of State Call to Action.

Event contributors:

WENDY MORTON MP, Minister for the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, UK

HON. DR DAVID SENGEH, Minister of Education, Sierra Leone

HE DR ING GETAHUN MEKURIA, Minister of Education, Ethiopia

HON. DR MURAAD RAAS, Minister of Education, Punjab

HON. JOHN NTIM FORDJOUR MP, Deputy Minister of Education, Ghana

DR BRAJESH PANTH, Chief of Education Sector, Asian Development Bank

TONY MCALEAVY, Education Director, Education Development Trust

ALICE WEKESA, Senior Gender and Inclusion Specialist, British Council

You can also view the recording here.