QED professors are leading efforts to develop a suite of training courses for education officers and specialists on behalf of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The courses are designed to provide Agency staff with detailed knowledge of education funding systems, including public and private financing options, public financial management, and blended financing for projects and programs.
Christopher Cotton, Professor of Economics, Jarislowsky-Deutsch Chair in Economic & Financial Policy and Director of the JDI, is serving as Team Lead and Senior Education and Finance Expert for the efforts. He is leading a team of experts from USAID, Integra LLC, and Kingston-based Limestone Analytics in the development and delivery of the training programs. Bahman Kashi, QED Adjunct Professor and President of Limestone Analytics, serves as a Senior Economist on the initiative, helping develop a course on Private and Innovative Finance options.
The first of the training programs, a week-long course focusing on Public Financial Management for the education sector, was piloted in Washington D.C. at the beginning of November. Several other trainings will be piloted in 2020 before the program is rolled out to USAID field missions around the world.