Project: Education Finance Training for USAID

Finance is a critical input to a country’s education system, yet partner country education systems are strained under the pressure of limited financial resources, demographic changes, and growing enrollments. The Africa Bureau has identified a significant knowledge gap with Africa mission education officers as well as with DC-based education staff whose role is to support mission education staff in the area of education programming. For this reason, the USAID Africa Bureau wants to tailor existing materials, and develop new training sessions and materials for USAID’s education mission and DC-based staff. 

Under the Learning, Evaluation, and Analysis Project III (LEAP III), Integra and Limestone are leading the piloting of a suite of training courses, lectures, and panel discussions on education finance, that can eventually be offered in Africa region. These trainings align with USAID’s Financing Self-Reliance (FSR) Framework, and cover Public Financial Management (PFM), diagnostic tools, and topics in private finance including results-based financing, public-private partnerships (PPPs), and impact investing. This Activity is intended as the first step in the process of developing and delivering education finance trainings for USAID staff.

The first course “Funding the Future: Public Institutions & Education Finance” a 5-day public financial management course tailored to the education sector was offered from November 4 to 8, 2019 in Washington, DC. 

The second course “Funding the Future: Navigating Private Finance in Education” was offered from January 15 to 16, 2020 in Washington, DC. This was followed by a workshop called “Funding the Future: Institutional Perspectives on the Education Finance Landscape” and featured guest speakers including:

  • Liesbet Steer, The Education Commission
  • Harry Patrinos.  World Bank
  • Justin Sandefur, Center for Global Development
  • Andrew McCusker, Opportunity International
  • Amit Brar, Palladium
  • Joan Larrea, Convergence
  • Jonathan Ng, USAID

Clients / Partners




Background research and planning
  • Survey USAID staff on their capacity building needs in the area of education finance
  • Plan and schedule courses and workshops


Development & delivery of Public Financial Management (PFM) course
  • Review existing USAID PFM course material
  • Develop proposals for revision and adaptation of content
  • Develop new lectures and case studies
  • Deliver first course in Washington, DC
December - April


Development & delivery of private finance course and half-day events
  • Review existing USAID material on private sector engagement and private finance
  • Develop proposals for revision and adaptation of content
  • Deliver 2-day private finance course in January 2020
  • Deliver 2 half-day workshops on innovative finance in February 2020