Japan announces ¥300 million grant to Samoa for teaching materials
Japan will contribute ¥300 million (US$2.8 million) to Samoa for equipment to produce textbooks and other teaching supplies. The equipment is expected to ensure greater access to education materials for primary school students to strengthen the quality of education and contribute to social and economic development in the Pacific-island country.
GPE Financing Conference draws worldwide support and US$2.3 billion in funding
At the recent Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Financing Conference, co-hosted by Senegal and France, pledges reached a combined sum of US$2.3 billion, a marked increase from the US$1.3 billion contributed over the past three years. Nonetheless, commitments fell short of the targeted US$3.1 billion.
The conference drew 1,200 participants, including heads of state, ministers, leaders from organizations such as UNICEF and UNESCO, and even the popstar Rihanna in her role as GPE’s Global Ambassador.
The largest source of financing came from developing nations themselves, with combined national increases in public funding for education reaching US$110 billion for the period 2018-2020. Beyond that, a series of substantial pledges came from donor countries, including:
A$90 million (US$68 million) commitment from Australia, in line with the country's goal of ensuring increasing numbers of children have access to education.
CAD180 million (US$138 million) from Canada, aimed at improving education for girls. An additional CAD59 million (US$45 million) was announced in funding to improve the public education system in Burkina Faso.
DKK1.2 billion (US$178 million) from Denmark to be provided over the period 2018-2021.
In a first for the GPE, an Arab and Middle East nation became a donor, with the United Arab Emirates pledging US$100 million.
€100 million (US$110 million) from the European Union, on top of a €375 million (US$414 million) pledge from 2014.
€25 million (US$27 million) from Ireland, doubling its previous pledge
NOK2 billion (US$238 million) for the period 2018-2020 from Norway, with particular emphasis being placed on the inclusion of girls in education.
April 14-15, 2018: Annual conference on global health and innovation Conference takes place at Yale University
Unite for Site, a global health nonprofit, hosts its 15th Global Health & Innovation Conference (GHIC). This conference takes place annually at Yale University, in New Haven, CT. GHIC is the largest global health and social entrepreneurship conference in the world. It welcomes over 2,000 participants, including professionals and students, from all US states and 55 countries around the world. Participants represent all sectors of international development, global health, and social entrepreneurship.
June 19, 2018: Annual Higher Education and International Development Conference
The Centre for Education and International Development (CEID), from the University College London Institute of Education, will host an annual conference bringing together academics and policymakers to discuss the role of higher education in sustainable development.
The themes of the conference are: - The role of higher education in the Sustainable Development Goals
- Expanding access to quality higher education in the context of resource constraints
- Research gaps and priority areas for research investment
- Impact of existing interventions and the role of external development agencies