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Investment Capital and the Global Education Deficit: Investment opportunities to get more kids into better school in low-income countries

Catherine OShea May 27, 2021

263 million. 617 million. 800.

For those in the education sector these numbers are both familiar and daunting: the number of children out of school, the number children not meeting basic proficiency levels, the number of new schools that need to be built each day for 5 years just to accommodate out-of-school children. (All this was true before COVID-19 forced school closures globally.)

‘Education for all’ isn’t a reality for millions of children.

Are there any opportunities for investment capital to make an impact on this massive global education deficit?

During this workshop, participants will brainstorm methods of investing at scale into the non-state school sector to increase the number of seats for children in Africa, Asia and Latin America. After a brief overview of the size and structure of the global non-state school sector and how they are financed, Andrew McCusker, Head of Opportunity EduFinance, and Mauricio Rincon, VP of Corporate Development, Opportunity International, will co-facilitate discussion around key questions for establishing investment products:

  • Investability of independent schools or chains
  • Investing in education lenders: Fund structure vs. direct investment
  • Equity or debt: How can we offer difference sources of capital to non-state schools

This interactive workshop is geared towards impact investors, fund managers, advisors and others interested in solving for investment opportunities to impact education access.



Meta Themes

  • Impact Investing


Education For All

Purpose and Desired Outcome

We would like to engage more participants of SOCAP in the discussion around the potential of the affordable non-state school sector and how investment capital can make an impact on this massive global education deficit. By soliciting input and group brainstorming from participants from different sectors and professional backgrounds, we anticipate leaving workshop participants and our presenters with new ideas and a collective understanding of the possibilities for investment vehicles best positioned to impact investment in the fragmented low-fee school sector.


  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Intermediaries (Financial Advisers, Investment Bankers)


  • NameAndrew McCusker
  • TitleHead of EduFinance
  • OrganizationOpportunity EduFinance
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameMauricio Rincon
  • TitleVP of Corporate Development
  • OrganizationOpportunity International
  • StatusConfirmed
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