On 28 and 29 March, representatives of the Danish Alliance for Education in Crisis met with Geneva Global Hub for EiE members at the Geneva office the Hub shares with Education Cannot Wait – who also joined the meetings. The Danish Alliance for Education in Crisis was launched in mid-2021 to build a diverse network of committed education champions to mobilize political and public support for enhanced action on EiE. It actively facilitates and strengthens cooperation between Danish parliamentarians, private companies, foundations, UN agencies and civil society organisations. During the two days, exchanges were held about shared priorities and challenges, including coordination of national, bilateral and international interests and partnerships, the funding of EiE available from various sources, and the need for political engagement and support.
There was an opportunity to compare the experiences of EiE Hub members working through International Geneva with those of Danish actors working with their domestic partners and in the broader Nordic context. The expertise being developed by the Danish Alliance in increasing understanding and commitment to EiE in a donor country – particularly among politicians – could offer a strong model for others who wish to pursue similar objectives in their own countries.
One especially timely and important topic was the recent trend in EiE funding. The Danish Alliance has recently completed an assessment of Danish EiE funding, while the Geneva Global Hub is working towards a comprehensive analysis of the impact of the COVID pandemic on EiE funding worldwide – to be launched in mid-2022.
The Danish Alliance also led a courtesy visit to the Permanent Mission of Denmark in Geneva at which, among other things, the linkages between EiE and Climate Change, Displacement and Health were discussed.