The legacy of Jomtien and Dakar post-2015

Written by Steve Packer, Executive Chair of the Education and Development Forum (UKFIET) on Development Progress national progress in education blog.

“We all have some well-founded scepticism about the impact of set-piece global conferences. At a personal level, they can be enjoyable events with inspirational moments where we strengthen personal networks and establish friendships.

But is the energy expended to gain agreement on frameworks of action and declarations of intent, out of proportion to observable benefits 10 years down the line? Political commitments are made with varying degrees of rigour and enthusiasm. The organisation of follow-up is often diffuse. What seemed clear at the conference becomes open to variable and contentious interpretation thereafter.”

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