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Localization and the Role of Finance in African Education

September 21 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm


Delivery Associates, the International Education Funders Group, Schools2030, the Trevor Noah Foundation, and the Age of Learning Foundation, cordially invite you to a timely discussion.

Join us at the Bryant Park Hotel to explore the need for greater localization of education development in Africa, and the role that philanthropy and finance can play.

As an actor in education philanthropy, finance, delivery, and research, your voice can contribute to creating new pathways to change.


Workshop Theme:

Finance and philanthropy can play an important role in strengthening the agency, ownership, and impact of the local governments, civil society organizations, and local community advocates involved in education transformation. But how we think about our individual roles, as funders, thought leaders, and practitioners, genuinely matters. Do we have a responsibility to promote greater localization? Do the communities we serve need to change, or do we need to be changed by the communities we serve?

Some say that distance creates perspective. Others argue that those closest to the problem are also those closest to the solutions. In this dynamic workshop, we hope to cast a vision for a world where local government and local actors emerge as true driving forces of education improvement in Africa, equipped with the tools to lead, the resources to act, and the networks to inspire.

Workshop Agenda:

Introduction and Setting the Context

Keynote introduction to the topic of localization and the role of finance and philanthropy in African education.

Case Study Presentation and Orientation 

Presentation of Ukombe case study, including its challenges, opportunities, and characters.

Simultaneous Table Discussions

Participants are divided into four tables, each representing one session theme. Each table will consist of stakeholders in the roles of Minister Ndiaye, William Simmons, David Reynolds, Maria Rodriguez, and Wambui Kimani, along with a facilitator. Tables discuss their respective themes, guided by provided materials and guiding questions.


Opportunity for participants to collectively reflect on the workshop’s themes and explore the importance of collaborative efforts in addressing education challenges.


Expression of gratitude to participants for the contributions. Sharing of next steps and how participants can stay engaged in the education transformation that Ukombe represents.


Dress code: Business casual

Dietary Needs: Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or special requirements.

Your presence is more than an attendance—it’s a contribution to shaping the future.

We look forward to seeing you at this compelling event.



The Co-Hosts:

Delivery Associates helps governments and social impact organizations turn ambitious goals into everyday reality for people all over the world.

The International Education Funders Group (IEFG) is a member-led learning and collaborating network for foundations, donor-advised funds, and other private grantmakers.

Schools2030 is a ten-year participatory learning improvement program based in 1,000 government schools across ten countries.

Trevor Noah Foundation invests in the education foundation and future opportunities of South African youth. We are involved in several projects across South Africa that enhance youth preparedness for higher education or entry into the workforce.

The Age of Learning Foundation is working to fundamentally transform education in low- and lower-middle-income-countries. The foundation partners with education ministries, schools, and other stakeholders to help children master what they learn.



September 21
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Age of Learning Foundation
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Bryant Park Hotel
40 W 40th St
New York, NY 10018 United States
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+1 212-869-0100
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