Aid to education: a return to growth? (GEM Report, May 2018)

Submitted by geraldine on Thu, 05/24/2018 - 09:19
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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has a target for 2030 of all young people completing secondary school of good quality. In 2010–2015, on average only 45% of young people were completing secondary school. To meet this target more and better financing is essential.

The "Aid to education: a return to growth?" (Global Education Monitoring, May 2018) provides an update on donor commitments.

It discusses the main multi-stakeholder partnerships in external financing in education.

The international education financing architecture currently includes three mechanisms:

  • The Global Partnership for Education 
    • Secured pledges in Feburary to replenish its fund for 2018–2020
  • The multilateral partnership, Education Cannot Wait
    • For the financing of education in emergencies;
  • The International Finance Facility for Education
    • Is taking shape as a proposal to donors and multilateral banks.

Read the paper

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