Civil society and NGOs undertake to meet SDG4- a quality education for every child.
  • Find out why 2019 is a pivotal year in which the international community will judge progress against the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Hear in-depth and impartial analysis on the roles of civil society (the philanthropists, grant makers and donors financing change) in the Briefing Room and how innovative partnerships and programmes are accelerating progress towards a quality education for every child.

Philanthropy Summit 2019: Pathways to Impact

By invitation only. The Philanthropy Summit @GESF brings together foundations, grant-makers and other philanthropic groups to discuss and debate different pathways to delivering positive, sustainable and system-wide change. 

In Partnership with


Co-Impact is a partnership of results-oriented donors focusing on systems and change to improve the lives of millions by advancing education, improving people's health, and providing economic opportunity. Co-Impact brings together a community of philanthropists who want to give and learn together, snd are pooling resources, networks, and expertise. They support a targeted set of system change initiatives in low- and middle- income countries with grants US$10 to 50 million over several years and are accompanied by non-financial supports to deliver enduring change that improves life for millions.



Bernard van Leer Foundation believes that giving all children a good start in life is both the right thing to do and the best way to build healthy, prosperous and creative societies. They are a private foundation focused on developing and sharing knowledge about what works in early childhood development. They provide financial support and expertise to partners in government, civil society and business to help test and scale effective services for young children and families. 

Over the last 50 years, they have invested more than half a billion dollars and worked in all regions of the world. Their partnerships have informed public policies in more than 25 countries, led to innovations in service delivery and training that have been widely adopted by governments and non-profit organisations, and generated breakthrough ideas that have changed the way stakeholders from parents to policymakers think about the earliest years of a child's life. 


  • Meet the Mentor, Irina Bokova, Former Director-General of UNESCO

  • Meet the Mentor, Julia Gillard, Former Prime Minister of Australia