Delivering results: The Education Commission and progress towards SDG 4
The International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity has inspired action and delivered results on the promise of Sustainable Development Goal 4 – inclusive and equitable quality education for all.
In 2015, it was clear that business as usual was not delivering results for children. Projections demonstrated that on current trends by 2030 more than half of all young people would be left behind and not on track to reach SDG 4. Yet, through a strong partnership with dozens of partners in research, civil society, and government across the globe, a new vision has placed SDG 4 within reach for millions of children. This vision will result in one of the largest single investments in global education – and support countries to improve performance and make the necessary reforms for the next generation.
Highlights of Impact
With the support of diverse partners, including Echidna Giving, the Mastercard Foundation, the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD), the Rockefeller Foundation, the UK Department for International Development (DFID), and UNICEF, the Commission has:
- Strengthened global evidence on the state of education and developed a clear action plan that was disseminated across the world. The Learning Generation report was endorsed by world leaders, including the United Nations Secretary-General. It was also recognized in several UN resolutions.
- Increased awareness on the learning crisis and heightened the global call to action on education finance. This collective effort led to the first increase in education aid in seven years and supported a record replenishment of the Global Partnership of Education.
- Built and advanced a proposal for the International Finance Facility for Education (IFFEd), which could mobilize an additional $10 billion for education. The Facility is set to become operational in early 2020 and deliver up to 200 million new school places.
- Launched a global initiative on the delivery of education reform and more effective spending of resources. The initiative has focused on increased political priority, domestic financing, and the delivery of results with leaders in more than a dozen countries.
- Advanced a global education workforce initiative, highlighting global best practice on workforce reform and supporting the implementation of reforms in three countries (Ghana, Sierra Leone, and Vietnam).
- Improved collaboration around evidence and data. A number of partner organizations took forward the Commission’s recommendation to develop a knowledge ecosystem for education.