ESSEC Business School Lunch & Learn

Who? The Philanthropy Chair of the ESSEC Business School

When ? 2014/07/10

Where? On the ESSEC-CNIT campus in La Défense; Access through Office 2; Ampitheater 104 (Métro: La Défense - Grande Arche) - Paris- La Défense - 92053

The Philanthropy Chair of ESSEC presents the 17th seminar in the Lunch & Learn series:

Thursday, July 10, 2014

12:15 pm-2:00 pm

Reforming education : what can philanthropy achieve ?

In many Western and emerging countries alike, reforming public education has become a national priority. While governments struggle to alleviate complex and urgent issues such as illiteracy, dropouts, and integration of migrants, private actors play an increasing role in education reform. Joining traditional non-profit organizations are a growing number of powerful, innovation-driven philanthropic foundations with great ambitions to change the system. There are many levels where philanthropic money is targeted for education, ranging from preschool to university, and very different “theories of change” are advocated. However, the scale of the problems is huge and governments hold a legitimate mandate from their citizens to provide universal access to quality education. Thus, even the wealthiest foundations must carefully define their strategies in order to have any meaningful impact. Besides, the intrusion of private money in education is still regarded with suspicion by many, especially in Europe. Where can philanthropy play a decisive role alongside governments in reforming education systems ? What strategies should philanthropic actors pursue to become legitimate and effective stakeholders in this field ?

Two keynote speakers will address these questions:

Helmut K. Anheier, Professor of Sociology, Dean at the Hertie School of Governance, co-author of Philanthropy and Education: Strategies for Impact (Palgrave Macmillan).

Laurence Piccinin, Déléguée générale de l’Alliance des mécènes pour l’éducation.

The discussion will be moderated by Anne-Claire Pache and Arthur Gautier, of the office of the Philanthropy Chair of ESSEC.

*Please note that the seminar will be in English.

Cost: 10 € per person (lunch included). Payable in cash or by check.

Space is limited, so please register by contacting Gilberte Nguyen:


La chaire Philanthropie de l’ESSEC présente la 17e édition de ses séminaires « Lunch & Learn » qui aura lieu le :

Jeudi 10 juillet 2014

De 12 h 15 à 14 heures

au Campus ESSEC du CNIT, Paris-La Défense, accès bureaux 2,

amphi 104 (Métro La Défense – Grande Arche)

*Attention, le séminaire est proposé en langue anglaise.

Participation : 10 € (panier déjeuner compris) par personne. Payable en espèces sur place ou par chèque.

Le nombre de places étant limité, merci de vous inscrire auprès de Gilberte Nguyen:

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