Action Plan

In 2017, the Education Commission will continue to disseminate the Learning Generation report to inspire reforms in the financing and delivery of education while structuring partnerships to carry forward the Commissioners’ recommendations.

The Commissioners, having agreed to serve an additional year, will pursue five main priorities:

Supporting Pioneer Countries

The Commissioners will work to support several countries to take forward the reform and financing recommendations. Commissioners will lead high-level delegation visits to meet with Presidents and Prime Ministers of low and middle-income countries to explain the Commission’s recommendations and review implications for domestic education reforms and financing. To build a stronger foundation for the Commission’s Financing Compact, it is envisioned that several countries will become “Pioneer Countries,” making education a top domestic priority supported by the highest levels of leadership and developing a reform agenda. The Commission will support ongoing work alongside pioneer countries by facilitating the Learning Generation labs and brokering collaborations with the international community.

Establishing a Multilateral Development Bank Investment Mechanism

The Commission will work with multilateral development banks and other international public and private actors to harness the potential of MDBs to finance education through more coordinated efforts. A Multilateral Development Bank Investment Mechanism would bring together the regional development banks and the World Bank alongside other donors to operate as a strong and effective financing system for education. The mechanism would coordinate and harmonize financing instruments and practices among the MDBs, increase MDB financing for education up to 15% of total lending, and leverage additional multilateral financing for education. The Commission estimates that establishing such a mechanism could potentially mobilize $20 billion or more annually from MDBs for education by 2030 (up from $3.5 billion today).

Strengthening Global Accountability

The Commission is working with UN agencies and missions to identify how best to take forward monitoring and accountability of the Commission recommendations through relevant UN bodies. The Commission is also working with partner governments, organizations and agencies to develop accountability dashboards and hold all countries and donors accountable for their efforts to create the Learning Generation.  The dashboards would make information about reform commitments and policy action available as a global public good.

Catalyzing Strategic Initiatives

The Commission will work with relevant institutions, governments and partners to take forward the implementation of the remaining recommendations. For example, the Commission is in discussions with international and academic institutions to establish an expert group on the education workforce. Additional recommendations the Commission will work with partners on include global public goods, a global learning indicator, new partnerships for innovation and co-investment with the health sector.

Spreading the Message

Over the course of the year, Commissioners will be ambassadors for dissemination and implementation of the Commission’s key messages. They will speak at international and country-level events and gatherings, meet with non-education and education actors, and take the recommendations to governments and communities across the globe.

The success of the Commission in sharing its messages and turning them into action lies in its engagement with its partners, many of whom were also instrumental in the creation of the Learning Generation report. The Commission looks forward to continuing its partnerships at national and global levels in the implementation stage.