Nicholas Burnett

Principal and Managing Director, Results for Development Institute, Washington, DC

Nicholas Burnett is managing director at Results for Development (R4D) in Washington. DC, leading its Education group, whose work focuses on education finance, equity and innovation in developing countries. Current projects, for example, include the development of an Education Venture Fund and a Fund for Young Children, an investigation into innovation in secondary education in low-income countries to link it better to skills for employment, the role of non-state provision of education, and some preliminary scoping about international goals for education that might follow the Millenium Development and Education for All goals after 2015. He is also a member of the Advisory Panel for the Hewlett and Gates Foundations Program on Quality Education in Developing Countries, and of the Council of Consultant Fellows of the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning in Paris, and is Special Professor of International Education Policy at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom.

Nicholas Burnett joined R4D after a distinguished career including the United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organisation (UNESCO), the World Bank, the British government and his own consulting firm. He was assistant director-general for Education at UNESCO (2007-09), responsible for its education work at its Paris headquarters, in four regional bureaus, in over 50 country offices and at 8 institutes and centers, with an annual budget of some $100 million and approximately 400 staff worldwide. After having been director of its Education for All Global Monitoring Report, an independent team responsible for monitoring progress toward the EFA goals and the education Millennium Development Goals (2004-07), at the World Bank, where he worked for 20 years, particularly on Africa and on the Caribbean, he was responsible for the Bank's education policy paper in 1995 and managed its education, health and social protection work in 16 countries in West and Central Africa from 1997-2000 with a portfolio of about $2 billion. While a consultant he helped set up the Roma Education Fund in 2003-04. Early in his career he was an Economic Adviser at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He was educated as an economist at Oxford (BA), Harvard (Henry Fellow) and the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (MA, Ph D).

Paper prepared for the Seminar: Equitable or Inequitable? The Role of Finance in Education

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