The project for improving the collection and analysis of data on education financing will be completed with positive perspectives for beneficiary countries

01 Apr 2016

A pilot project was initiated in September 2013 in Montreal in order to enhance the collection and analysis of data on education financing. For its implementation, the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) and the International Institute for Education Planning of UNESCO (IIEP – Paris and Pôle de Dakar) have combined their expertise to develop tools and methods aimed at assisting countries to make it easier to retrace, compile and analyze financial data on Education.

This initiative has been made possible by the Global Partnership for Education, and focused on 8 countries (5 in Africa and 3 in Asia) regarding the National Education Accounts (NEA). Studies have been conducted for close to three years in each country, on the three key components of national education accounts, namely public, private and external financing of education. This study is nearly completed, and an international seminar will be held from April 4 to 8 at the IIEP in Paris for presenting the results.

Zimbabwe and Guinea, specifically supported by the Pôle de Dakar on the public spending on education’s component, will present the tools, methods and analytical results on the equity and efficiency of public spending in both countries. Moreover, the 8 participating countries of the project will send their data to the UIS to be published internationally.

The project will definitively end in June 2016 with the dissemination of tools and methods in the form of a methodological guidelines of national education accounts, with the aim of harmonizing the gathering and production of financial education statistics internationally.

Working session of the national team of Guinea, IIEP Pôle de Dakar, in March 2016. @UNESCO/L.Marin