ODA Spending

How much ODA does Italy allocate to education?

Italy spent US$604 million of its ODA on education in 2022, or 8% of its total ODA, above the 7.2% DAC average. Italy was the 5th largest DAC donor to education in 2022 and the 9th largest in terms of relative share, moving from the 19th place in 2021. Although this sector is a lower priority for Italy than for other DAC donors, Italy's ODA spending on education has increased from 2020-2022.

How is Italian educational ODA changing?

Italy’s funding for education has generally followed an upward trend in recent years and increased by 70% between 2021-2022.

Italy increasingly favors multilateral spending for education.

How does Italy allocate educational ODA?

Bilateral Spending

Italy sees investments in providing scholarships and support for student costs in donor-countries, and allocates 20% of its bilateral education ODA for these.

In 2022, Italy spent US$214 million or 71% of total education ODA as bilateral funding. It included US$11 million or 2% as earmarked funding through multilaterals. The top three sub-sectors receiving the most bilateral education ODA were 'education policy and administrative management' at 54%, 'higher education' at 21%, and 'education facilities and training' at 9%.

Multilateral Spending and Commitments

In 2022, Italy provided 29% of ODA for education through multilateral organizations, decreasing from 40% in 2021.

Top multilateral recipients of Italy's education ODA include. the EUI, IDA, and UNRWA.

Funding and Policy Outlook

What is the current government's outlook on educational ODA?

Gender equality plays a prominent role in Italy’s recent education programming guidelines, focusing on providing support for girls’ education in fragile and conflict-affected states and addressing quality of learning, as well as teacher training.

In January 2024, Italy hosted the Africa-Italy Summit to launch the pilot programs of Italy's flagship foreign policy initiative, also known as the Mattei Plan for Africa. The Mattei Plan identifies education and training as a priority area of intervention. Interventions will be aimed to promote training teachers, adjusting curricula, launching new vocational and training courses in line with the needs of the labor market, and collaborating with enterprises, particularly involving Italian operators and the Italian SMEs model.

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