President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has challenged African governments not to rely on the World Bank and other institutions to decide on the choices they have to make concerning policies and the funding of education on the continent. “We should not get into arguments with foreign agencies about our priorities. We must set our own priorities and we must accept that we must provide the funds to translate our plans into reality,” he said.
The 2016 edition of Advancing Human Rights: Update on Global Foundation Grantmaking provides a more comprehensive view of the human rights funding landscape than ever before. Released by the International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG) and Foundation Center, the report analyzes 20,300 grants to 12,262 organizations worldwide in 2013. In total, 803 funders awarded $2.3 billion in funding for human rights — a 23 percent increase in giving between 2012 and 2013 among a consistent subset of funders.
The Peace & Security Funders Group recently published the 2016 edition of “The Peace & Security Funding Index: An Analysis of Global Foundation Grantmaking.” Their report observes that public education, a critical component of peacebuilding, receives only 2% of peace and security funding, and prevention efforts (often non-formal, community-based educational interventions) only comprise 6%. Why has education been left behind by peace & security funders? And, what can be done to establish and prioritize funding to support the long-term, transformative impacts of education?