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Insights from a Strategy for Africa


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On Friday, 31st May, 12.30pm UTC+1 / Irish Time, join us for an online seminar exploring how breakthroughs on tax, debt, and austerity could transform education financing, with a special focus on African Union States and Ireland’s overseas aid investment in Africa.

The event marks the occasion of Africa Day on 25th May and takes place within the context of the African Union Year of Education.

Our distinguished speakers include:

  • Ashina Mtsumi, Coordinator of the Tax & Education Alliance and co-author of the TaxEd Alliance’s new report “Transforming Education Financing in Africa – A Strategic Agenda for the African Union Year of Education”
  • Karol Balfe, CEO of ActionAid Ireland and overseeing ActionAid’s work on women’s rights, emergency and development work
  • Frank Mc Manus, Irish Aid, Policy Unit of the Development Cooperation and Africa Division

Our speakers will give an overview of Ireland’s overseas aid investment in education in Africa and offer insights from two key publications: the TaxEd Alliance’s new report Transforming Education Financing in Africa – A Strategic Agenda for the African Union Year of Education and ActionAid Ireland’s Paper Education versus Austerity”.

The seminar will explore the expanding evidence base and initiatives aimed at strengthening global education financing through tax, debt, and austerity reform drawing inspirations from a strategic agenda for Africa. It will also scrutinize the ramifications of the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) austerity policies on worldwide progress on education and Ireland’s overseas aid investment.

With the African Union designating 2024 as the African Union Year of Education and the annual celebration of Africa Day on 25th May, the seminar will place particular emphasis on African Union States and Ireland’s overseas aid investment in Africa.

Join us online on Friday, 31st May, 12.30pm UTC+1 / Irish Time and please register here. A recording will be provided to those who register.

The Irish Forum for Global Education (IFGE) is a voluntary network of civil society actors and education stakeholders committed to promoting knowledge and effective responses to global education issues. The Forum is affiliated to the Global Campaign for Education.

We look forward to having you attend the event!