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About the Speech:

Emergencies and protracted crises, such as the current migration crisis, are disrupting the opportunities for education of an estimated 75 million children and youth across 35 countries. Ms. Bourne discussed the importance of investing in innovative strategies needed to meet the educational needs of these children. She introduced the first global fund to prioritise education in humanitarian action, Education Cannot Wait: A Fund for Education in Emergencies, which was launched at the World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016.


This event was part of the 2016 Development Matters series, which the IIEA is co-hosting with Irish Aid.



About the Speaker:

Jo Bourne was appointed Associate Director for Education at UNICEF in February 2013. She sits on the boards of the Global Partnership for Education, and the Institute for Educational Planning. She was one of the partners instrumental in developing Education Cannot Wait: A Fund for Education in Emergencies. She previously held several positions at the UK Department for International Development, where she has also worked on education programmes in Zimbabwe, Malawi, Uganda and Rwanda.