The Education Working Group focuses on philanthropy’s contribution to accessible and quality education, from early childhood to tertiary education. Chaired by the Lemann Foundation and W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the group aims to:

  • Explore cutting-edge evidence, best practices, and potential new partnerships on teacher training and motivation, early childhood education, and alternative school governance models in developing countries.
  • Connect foundations with governments to discuss education policy priorities, and opportunities to collaborate.
  • Offer a space for foundations to learn from peers’ best practices (e.g. education programming, due diligence, M&E, and policy outreach strategies).

Meetings are closed-door and by invitation only. For more information, please contact [email protected].


2023 OECD Schools+ Network

The OECD is launching the Schools+ Network to connect schools and organisations from around the world with the aim to share and scale innovative approaches to teaching and learning.


2022 Statement by Philanthropic Actors Supporting Education at the Transforming Education Summit (TES)

The statement is an initiative driven by philanthropic funders working in education and facilitated by the International Education Funders Group (IEFG), and the OECD Development Centre and netFWD.


Further reading

2020 netFWD Philanthropy and Education: Education Giving in the Midst of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is by far the largest disruption witnessed by education systems in the 21st century. At the peak of the first wave, school closures affected over 90% of all learners worldwide. This placed educators in a challenging teaching environment, and put millions of households under economic stress.

2019 netFWD Education policy note: Quality Education for All: Lessons and Future Priorities

This policy note analyses foundations’ support for education in developing countries. It builds on the results of the OECD Survey on Private Philanthropy for Development, and OECD DAC statistics unpacking data on giving from 2013-15 and 2017. It also gathers a selection of case studies to further explore how foundations are investing to expand access to schooling, better measure learning outcomes, empower teachers and school leaders to deliver quality education, and learn from their own work on the ground. 



OECD Center on Philanthropy Study on Philanthropy’s contribution to socio-emotional learning