Course date

14 July - 18 July, 2014
Application for this course is closed.
Course Director(s): 

Aleesha Taylor

Education Support Program, Open Society Foundations, New York, USA
Course Faculty: 

Daniel Bond

the Mountain Pacific Group/ AMF Guarantee, New York, USA

Nicholas Burnett

Results for Development Institute (R4D), Washington, D.C., USA

Robert Filipp

Innovative Finance Foundation, Baden, Switzerland

Wongani Grace Nkhoma

Open Society Institute for Southern Africa, Johannesburg

Aunnie Patton

Bertha Centre for Social Innovation, University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business

Liesbet Peeters

D. Capital (part of the Dalberg group), London, UK

Daniel Pop

Open Society Foundation, Education Support Program, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Joel Samoff

Center for African Studies, Stanford University, USA

The summer school on Innovative Financing for Education will introduce participants to the complex political economy of financing for education. With the funding gap for achieving global targets for education estimated at $26 billion per year, the dynamic between commitment to education for all and reduced financial space from traditional sources needs to be appreciated before moving to any discussion of financing issues specifically.

After a detailed look at the traditional sources of funding and the dynamics determining their current limits and future prospects, the course will move to introducing broad ideas for possible and non-traditional sources of finance for education.

It will then examine in detail some specific instruments and approaches that have been or are being developed and how they have been, or can be, deployed, including those that ESP has been at the forefront of supporting and developing; Diaspora Bonds for Education, Education Venture Fund, Equity-focused Impact Investing, and Debt Swaps for Education.  

At the end of the course the participants will have a much deeper appreciation of the political economy in which education finance issues are embedded, the current dynamics regarding traditional sources of finance, current and under-development possibilities from non-traditional sources and future directions in which this work can develop.  

This summer school is a unique opportunity to bring world-class thinkers, advanced graduate students and development professionals in education financing together with state-of-the-art instruments for a five-day course, which is unprecedented in the field of education and development.  

Participants will be encouraged to read prior to the course, as well as during. They will also be expected to be actively involved in exploring ideas, and in offering their own experiences and reflections on the theories and issues being examined.