Education events during the World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings 2018
Explore a compilation of side events focused on education taking place during the World Bank and International Monetary Fund 2018 spring meetings next week.
April 12, 2018 by GPE Secretariat|
Students in class share a textbook in Burkina Faso.
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Next weekend, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund will hold their annual spring meetings in Washington, DC, with large crowds of policy makers and civil society partners. The few official sessions are complemented by a wealth of side events organized by partners. Below are the events related to education. If you are not in Washington next week, look for livestreamed options.

Consult the full schedule of events for the latest information.

Tuesday, April 17 

Equity and Accountability in Education: A look at World Bank Projects and Approaches
3:00 - 4:30 pm | World Bank Group Room MC 7-100
Organized by the Global Campaign for Education United States

Framed in the context of accountability for education as highlighted by the 2017 Global Education Monitoring Report and the GCE’s Global Action Week 2018, this session discusses the World Bank’s approach to equity and social accountability in its education projects and investments, presents new reports on equity impacts of a World Bank-funded education PPP program in Pakistan, and on the role of community-led accountability in education.

Innovations in Addressing Gender-Based Violence
4:00 - 5:00 pm | World Bank Group Room MC 7-100
Watch live

The World Bank Group and Sexual Violence Research Initiative is awarding funds to 11 teams from around the world to support evidence-based research and innovation to help address the global epidemic of gender-based violence. More than 35% of women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence. This is an obstacle to development gains, as it impedes women and girls’ full participation in society, limits access to education and economic participation, and hinders efforts to achieve gender equality. Hosted by Jim Yong Kim and Caren Grown, Gender equality Director at the World Bank Group.

Wednesday, April 18

Growing Smarter: Learning and Equitable Development in East Asia and Pacific
9:30-11:00 am | Center for Global Development, Birdsall Conference Room

The event will be livestreamed, more details and link to livestreaming to come soon at

Developing Leadership Capacity to Achieve SDG 4: Creating Impact in and Beyond the Classroom in the Americas
9:00 - 10:30 am | World Bank I Building, Room I 2-250
Organized by the Basic Education Coalition

Securing the Foundation for Human Capital: A Global Priority
4:00 – 5:00 pm | World Bank Group MC Building, Preston Auditorium
Watch live

New data show that human capital is the single largest component of global wealth. Yet the world is failing to invest as broadly and effectively as it should in vulnerable children and adolescents, with devastating consequences for the human capital of our future. This flagship event will focus on the urgent need to take action for vulnerable children from the early to adolescent years, recognizing this as the foundational basis for inclusive, sustainable growth and resilience. From the devastating consequences of stunting and lack of access to essential health services, to the global learning crisis, the scourge of child marriage and the critical need to educate youth for the future of work and connect them to good jobs, speakers will highlight urgent issues that must be addressed to secure a strong foundation for human capital.

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Speakers include: Kristalina Georgieva, World Bank CEO; Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director; Mabel van Oranje, Founder and Chair, Girls Not Brides and Julia Gillard, GPE Board Chair

Thursday, April 19

Moving from Evidence to Action: How Are CSOs Working to Encourage Government Uptake of the Graduation Approach?
9:00 - 10:30 am | World Bank I Building, Room I 2-210
Organized by RESULTS Educational Fund

Learning for All: The Role of Citizens in Accountability for Education
2:00 - 3:30 pm | World Bank I Building, Room I 2-210
Organized by the Global Partnership for Social Accountability

Education in Africa: Key challenges and solutions for developing human capital
2:00 - 3:30 pm | Brookings Institution - Falk Auditorium
Organized by the Center for Universal Education at Brookings and the World Bank


Friday, April 20

Building Public Leadership Capacity in the Education Sector
11:00 am - 12:30pm | World Bank I Building, Room I2-250
Organized by Teach For All

Saturday, April 21

Building Human Capital: A Project for the World
10:00 – 11:00 am | World Bank Group MC Building, Jim Wolfensohn Atrium
Watch live

A discussion between World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, Bill Gates, and Penny Mordaunt, UK Secretary of State for International Development.

Monday, April 23

Live Consultation on the International Finance Facility for Education           
8:00 am (see link for more times)
Organized by the Education Commission


The Education Commission hosts a live online consultation allowing civil society organizations to learn more about the International Finance Facility for Education (IFFEd), ask questions, and provide feedback on the principles underlying its design.


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