Why multistakeholder platforms matter, especially for education

By Adva Saldinger 02 November 2015

Alice Albright, CEO of the Global Partnership for Education, and Adva Saldinger, associate editor for Devex Impact, discuss multistakeholder platforms and why they are especially important for education.

In some cases, and particularly for education, multi-stakeholder platform organizations can play an important role in uniting people behind a single goal and leveraging the variety of talents needed to achieve success.

“Platforms have the capability of drawing together everybody behind a single agenda and that is particularly important for education because that has been a particularly fragmented sector,” said Alice Albright, the CEO of the Global Partnership for Education in this interview.

With education financing is one of the greatest challenges, both because there isn’t enough money and because funding is inconsistent, she said.

Undoubtedly there will need to be new and additional resources but getting there doesn’t start with determining what mechanisms are needed but rather by defining the problem.

And it’s a big one — the gap in funding for 12 years of school is at least $39 billion, according to Albright.

Watch the above clip to learn more about education funding problems and what platforms like the Global Partnership for Education can do.

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About the author

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Adva Saldinger@AdvaSal

As a Devex Impact associate editor, Adva leads coverage of the intersection of business and international development. From partnerships to trade and social entrepreneurship to impact investing, she enjoys exploring the role the private sector and private capital play in development. Previously, she has worked as a reporter at newspapers in both the U.S. and South Africa. Most recently, she has been ghostwriting a memoir for a former child slave and NGO founder in Ghana.


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