The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) is a global funding mechanism and partnership process that solicits the financial support of nations in order to advance education. A GPE Financing Conference, hosted by the governments of Senegal and France, took place in Dakar on February 1-2. ACEI, as a member of a network of civil society organizations that support the work of GPE, was pleased to participate in the conference. Read our five takeaways from the experience.
Building and leveraging networks around a common purpose is a key aspect of education diplomacy. Mahmuda Akhter, Executive Director of the Institute of Child and Human Development (ICHD) in Bangladesh, has experienced this firsthand.
Education diplomacy is necessary to guide stakeholder processes toward ensuring education for all, establishing new policies and strategies, reaching agreements, and understanding a nation’s interest in providing education through public-private partnerships. Liberia's recent efforts to improve its failing education system provide a background for considering how education diplomacy can bring various stakeholders into discussions that would culminate in agreements to advance education for all.
Meenakshi Dahal, illustrates how she used the skills of diplomacy to prioritize ECD programming and advance ECD policy in Nepal. She includes her perspective in working with both non-governmental organizations and government ministries. In order to gain trust and sustained support for the role and benefits of ECD for families in the community, Meenakshi actively built relationships through negotiation and by convening diverse stakeholders to the program. Through development of social capital, expertise, and the ability to forecast local and national needs, Meenakshi was therefore able to advance ECD more broadly in Nepal.
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