CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA | March 7, 2007
Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) is hosting a two-day forum March 8th and 9th for educators working in coffee-producing communities, coffee industry representatives working on corporate social responsibility and members of international organizations that support public-private partnerships in order to find creative solutions to the educational needs identified in the region.
The forum targets corporate social responsibility concerns of the coffee sector as they relate to education. During the two day event, participants will explore the education needs among coffee-growing communities, current programs that respond to such needs, and matching-fund programs for private investment in education. Agenda topics include:
- Defining Public-Private Partnerships
- Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Colombia
- The Role of the Public Sector in Public-Private Partnerships
- The Role of the Media in Public-Private Partnerships
- An analysis of educational needs and interventions needed
- Case studies of current Public-Private Partnerships
- Existing Public-Private Matching Fund Programs
In attendance will be senior staff of USAID, the Inter-American Development Bank, major coffee companies, Procter & Gamble representatives, education specialists working in these communities such as the Colombian Coffee Federation, Fundación Luker and Fundación Manuel Mejía, and European organizations such as 4C.