This event will bring together education experts from diverse contexts to share their experiences with research and practice on innovative financing for education, take stock of what has been learned so far and engage in discussions on the ways forward in making sure IFE contributes to equitable and quality education for all. The outcomes of the COFER Innovative Financing in Education(IFE) and Development: Case Studies and Multi-Media Material for eLearning project, which has been partially funded by the Swissuniversities Development and Cooperation Network (SUDAC), will be presented to reflect on the learnings to date. The project has produced multiple materials, including but not limited to, a systematic literature review, multiple in-depth case studies, short case studies and nine animated videos to teach about different innovative financing mechanisms.
The two-day symposium to be held on February 1st and February 3rd from 15:00 – 17:00 (CET) will cover the evolving understanding of IFE and its various mechanisms, with a particular focus on impact bonds on the second day. The event will also feature case studies from distinct contexts in the Global South, such as Argentina, Ethiopia, India, and Nepal. Additionally, avenues for future research on the topic will be explored along with upcoming research activities. With around 30 minutes of each day dedicated to Q&A, discussions with the audience will feature as an important aspect of the event.
The symposium will feature experts from NORRAG (Switzerland), University of Fribourg (Switzerland), Zurich University of Teacher Education (Switzerland), Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento in Buenos Aires (Argentina), Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai (India), University of Cape Town (South Africa), Volta Capital, UBS Optimus Foundation, as well as other renowned experts in the field.
Day 1 – Innovative Financing for Education – What have we learnt? (February 1st, 2022)
Day 2 – Use of Impact Bonds as Innovative Financing for Education (February 3rd, 2022)