EI Joins AAI and PSI to launch Public Vs Austerity Report

“IMF should listen to facts …they should listen to workers, civil society, students and other victims of their destructive policies”, Advised Dr Dennis Sinyolo recalling the devastating impact of IMF’s  Structural Adjustment Programmes (SAPS) of the 1980’s and 90’s. This was during the East and Southern Africa segment of the launch of the ‘Public versus Austerity’ report jointly produced by Action Aid International (AAI), Public Services International (PSI), and Education International on 12 October 2021.
The event, ran across the globe, beginning with Asia to East and Southern Africa through to the International launch and West Africa. Speaker after speaker highlighted the negative impact of public sector wage bill constraints and agreed with the report that such policies must be stopped, as they undermine countries’ capacity to deliver quality public services for all and post Covid -19 recovery measures.
Gifty Apambil, speaking on behalf of EIRAF in the West African Segment, wondered how African countries could achieve target 4c of SDG4 ‘To substantially increase the supply of qualified teachers’ if these states have to cut on the subsector bill. She joined other speakers who observed that it was not realistic for IMF to prescribe public sector wage bill caps as a strategy to free up funds for capital expenditures, yet education is good for both human and economic development.
The event also heard from workers on the frontline, including teachers captured in EI studies Malawi, Senegal, and Zambia that will be launched soon.Please find the full report, executive summary and key messages and findings.

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