Education Experts Square Off on the Public Versus Private School Debate in Africa
March 6th, 2017
Speaking at this week’s inaugural Africa Knowledge Fest at the World Bank’s Washington, D.C., headquarters, education experts weighed in on the debate in the African context.
IDP Foundation President Irene Pritzker Discusses the State of Impact Investing at Yale School of Management
December 15th, 2016
A trip to Ghana in 2008 to help secure microfinance loans for struggling rural schools convinced IDP Foundation President Irene Pritzker that a new financing model was desperately needed to ensure the survival of these small local institutions.
GCE and the Straw Man: A response to the Global Campaign for Education report
November 10th, 2016
GCE has made the world a better place, but I would be remiss if I did not share my disappointment with their latest report: ‘Private Profit, Public Loss - why the push for low-fee private schools is throwing quality education off track’ (GCE, 2016).
Low-Fee Private Schools: Closing the Education Gap in Ghana
August 11th, 2016
The IDP Rising Schools Program's work is highlighted in this post from the United Nations Social Development Network.
Education in the Developing World: Giving Low-Fee Private Schools a Seat at the Table
July 26th, 2016
IDP Foundation Inc. President Irene Pritzker writes on the importance of including low-fee private schools in conversations around how to provide quality education for all.
Forefront Radio: Impact Investing for Scalable Social Change, Interview with Irene Pritzker, IDP Foundation
July 12th, 2016
In this podcast, Irene Pritzker talks with Eric Weinheimer, President and CEO of Forefront, about impact investing and philanthropy.
Lessons from IGS16: The How-To's for Applying the SDGs to Grantmaking
June 22nd, 2016
A recap of the "Monitoring Impact and Measurement" session of the International Grantmaking Symposium, which IDP Foundation Inc. President Irene Pritzker participated in as a panelist.
Executive Perspective: Sustainable Innovation for the World, IDP Rising Schools Program
February 27th, 2015
This brief interview is part of Sustainable Innovation for the World, a series produced by Thomson Reuters Sustainability on innovation, either scientific or social, which could help make the world more sustainable.
Featured Innovation: IDP Rising Schools Program, by Irene Pritzker, President, IDP Foundation, Inc.
International Support to Low-Cost Private Schools: A Paper from the IDP Foundation
November 7th, 2013
This post explains the logic behind IDP’s recent paper on International Support to Low-Cost Private Schools, and provides IDP Foundation’s opinion on current consensus over education development.
Advancing the Low Cost Private School Sector: Shadowing the IDP Rising Schools Program in Ghana
August 8th, 2013
Traveling in Ghana, you can’t help but be struck by the number of private schools dotting the landscape. The IFC estimates that 30% of schools in Ghana are private, with most charging minimal tuition (less than $1 a day) and serving low-income families. Many of these schools were started because their owner identified a market opportunity: government schools were not meeting the needs of the community, whether because they were too far away, unaffordable (government schools are free, but often charge fees for uniforms, workbooks, and lunch), or unreliable.