The Canadian Global Campaign for Education is a coalition of civil society organizations (CSOs) working to enhance Canada’s contribution to meeting the Education for All goals. 

Where is the World Bank?

CGCE member RESULTS Canada has teamed up with Make Poverty History to demand that Canada hold the World Bank to account for the $750 million promised for basic education.

In 2010, World Bank President Robert Zoellick pledged to increase financing for basic education by $750 million. He rightly said the additional money was needed to assist countries most off-track, in particular in sub-Saharan Africa, to achieving MDG2. MDG2 aims to ensure that all boys and girls complete a full course of primary schooling by 2015.

Sadly, the World Bank has not yet delivered that $750 million. In addition, the World Bank has recently changed the formula it uses to track its funding, which means that they actually announced a decrease in funding to 2010.

The World Bank Spring Meetings happening April 20-22 provides an opportunity to change that story. Finance Ministers from the Bank’s member countries will be there to discuss the many challenges and opportunities for reaching global development goals. Let’s make sure that funding for basic education is at the top of their agenda.

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is Canada’s Governor for the World Bank. He can help open the door for out-of-school children. And so can you!

Please join us in asking Minister Flaherty to insist that the Bank make good on its promise to the 67 million children still out-of-school, and ensure that the World Bank deliver the $750 million promised for basic education.


Budget Day in Canada

Canadians across the country are awaiting the budget this afternoon with abated breath. For those in the international development community, we are especially concerned about dramatic cuts to CIDA imposed on top of the frozen aid budget since 2010.

In an OpEd/post on the impending budget, CCIC’s President and CEO, Julia Sanchez, writes:
“the government is now rumoured to have asked CIDA this year to cut its budget by 7 percent – potentially impacting both its overseas programs and operational budget… This approximately $340 million decline is greater than CIDA pulling all of its funding for basic education ($250 million) and for water and sanitation ($70 million).” Read Julia’s full piece here.

It may be some time before we understand how cuts will play out at CIDA, but members of the Canadian Global Campaign for Education are concerned that education may indeed be on the chopping block. After showing leadership on this file since 2000, recent CGCE analysis suggests that many of our education commitments are coming to fruition in 2013, with not much in the pipeline to replace them.

As Julia Sanchez writes, “Simply put, faced with a deficit, the Canadian Government may feel it cannot invest in overseas development. But actually it cannot afford not to do so. If we as a country get our priorities right, we will not balance our budget on the fate of those most in need, in Canada or abroad.” Here here Julia!


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