07 December 2017

What role should philanthropy play in education?

On 22-24 November, academics,policy makers, thinktanks and foundations came together at Maison de la Paix for Philanthropy in Education: Global Trends, Regional Differences and Diverse Perspectives, an event organised by the Graduate Institute, NORRAG, the Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research and the Open Society Foundations.

“Philanthropy is an increasingly important policy player in education around the world, whether having a role in the policy process, funding and sponsoring innovative programmes, or as contractors, running services on behalf of the state”, said Stephen Ball, Professor of Sociology of Education at University College London.

 “There are diverse perspectives and disagreement around these issues” said Gita Steiner-Khamsi, Professor at Columbia University Teachers College and the Graduate Institute. Prof. Steiner-Khamsi is also the Director of NORRAG (Network for international policies and cooperation in education and training), an associate programme of the Graduate Institute. “Our role as NORRAG is to function as an honest broker, engaging dialogue, producing research and providing evidence on the reasons, impact, best practices and challenges associated with philanthropy in education.”

Philanthropy in Education was made possible with the support from the Education Network of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). Further events are being planned for India, Africa, Latin America, China, the United States and the United Arab Emirates. Discover more on the NORRAG website, and watch a short video below with Gita Steiner-Khamsi, Stephen Ball, Ian Macpherson of the Global Partnership for Education, Washington DC, USA and Inyang Udo-Umoren of The Education Partnership Centre, Nigeria.