Education in Emergencies Financing in the Wake of COVID-19: Time to Reinvest to Meet Growing Needs

16 June, 2022

On 16 June, 2022, the Geneva Global Hub for Education in Emergencies launched its flagship report on the state of financing for EiE worldwide, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Co-organisers: The Permanent Mission of Switzerland, the Permanent Mission of Niger and the Geneva Global Hub for Education in Emergencies

Date: Thursday, 16 June 2022

Time: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm CEST
For those of you joining us online, the actual discussion will start promptly at 12 noon CEST.

Place: Palais des Nations, Salle XXIV

We all know that the provision of education is a life-saving and essential service for children and young people in the most vulnerable conditions. But Education in Emergencies (EiE) has nevertheless been an under-appreciated and under-funded part of humanitarian responses and development strategies. That is why the Geneva Global Hub for EiE commissioned this study to provide an assessment of the current state of global financing for Education in Emergencies. It provides an up-to-date global overview and analysis of the state of EiE funding, focusing on how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted EiE needs and funding gaps, as well as making practical recommendations. 


11.30 – Light lunch and visit of EiE photo exhibit
12.00 – 13.30 – Discussion on report findings & opportunities

H.E. Laouali Labo, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Niger to the UN
Charles Falajik, Youth Representative
Patricia Danzi, Head of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) – video message
Damian Lilly, researcher and author of the report
Yasmine Sherif, Director, Education Cannot Wait
Passy Amani, Education Sector Coordinator for Nigeria
H.E. Felix Baumann, Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the UN

Moderated by Imogen Foulkes, BBC Geneva Correspondent

This event offered a chance to promote awareness of this important issue. The discussion was preceded by a light lunch and an invitation to view the photographic exhibition for EiE, produced by the EiE Hub and its members to bring attention to the challenges faced by children and young people around the world who have had their education interrupted or stopped because of conflict, disaster and other crises.

The report makes concrete recommendations on how to improve EiE funding going forward.