In this series, we will post excerpts from position papers prepared by TeamUSA for the Y8 Summit in London. Enjoy this window into the negotiations!
Initiatives specifically focused on enrolling children and keeping them in school has helped to decrease the share of out-of-school children from 16% to 10% between 2000 and 2009. It is the responsibility of all to ensure that all assistance is used most effectively to meet changing dynamics.
Current Government Position
The United States has identified investments in education as a key priority to achieving foreign policy goals. We are currently working towards achieving the following in education:
- Eradicating illiteracy in primary grades.
- Developing more non-formal learning and workforce development opportunities.
- Ensuring sufficient ROI through establishment of KPIs that includes data on learning outcomes in both literacy and numeracy.
- Becoming more selective in investment projects.
We need to utilize frameworks already in place and build upon the natural curiosity of young people and new technologies. We propose evaluating the following levers to guide the implementation of an all-encompassing education strategy:
- Increase investments in impact evaluations, assessments and benchmarking tools.
- Use data gathered to continue to develop country-specific education strategies.
- Evaluate publicly funded but privately operated education models.
- Encourage self-organized learning environments with technology serving as a facilitator of learning and self-efficacy.
- Create a network of accountability within the system, utilizing key performance indicators to measure the countries’ strategy implementation.
The United States will push to have all G20 countries reaffirm commitments to education and achieving / redefining UN MDGs. Education is the engine of development and the system, including governments, organizations and the public / private sectors, needs to create community-specific action plans that are both transparent and measurable.
Governments and development organizations have not kept up with the speed of technology. Now with increased technology penetration in developing regions (e.g., 6 of the 7 billion people in the world have access to a mobile phone), governments, organizations and communities have tools that can improve both coordination and management of development initiatives.
Current Government Position
The United States is committed to a collaborative, multi-sector approach to ensure the advancement of knowledge sharing and sustainable development goals. To achieve our overall agenda, we are currently leveraging the following to make key breakthroughs:
- Investments in data infrastructure and analytical capacity to better tackle the challenges in international development.
- Development through advanced mobile solutions.
To keep pace with advancement, the US and G8 countries need to continue to put technology on the forefront when developing strategies to reach development goals. We support collaborative approaches to solutions and recommend furthering current strategies to advance the overall G8 development agenda through:
- Continuing investment in open data infrastructure, as it has the potential to not only improve transparency and coordination, but also dramatically accelerate progress in development.
- Supporting students, volunteers and organizations to validate, clean up and map published government or crowd-sourced data in a practical and actionable way.
- Building upon existing platforms to increase accountability and tracking of aid, collecting dynamic quantitative and qualitative data on effectiveness and later applying best practices.
- Promoting a multi-sector approach to investments in technology to improve global health, leveraging best practices and information sharing to serve those at the bottom of the pyramid.
The United States strongly believes that through the fostering of partnerships among G8 countries and assistance organizations, technology can accelerate growth and help to decrease the gap with the UN MDGs by 2015.