How much funding is available?

Official development assistance for education stood at US$12.3 billion in 2017, down from an all-time high of US$12.7 billion in 2016. Despite this 3% decrease, funding remains higher than the  US$11.1 billion allocated in 2014-2015. The share of total development assistance funding going to education fell from 8% in 2012 to 6.5% in 2017.

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Who are the top donor countries?                 

The largest DAC donors to education in 2016 (the latest year for which complete donor-specific data is available) were Germany (US$2.3 billion), the US (US$1.7 billion), the UK (US$1.6 billion), France (US$1.4 million), and Japan (US$737 million). This includes both bilateral funding and contributions to multilateral organizations funding education programs. It also includes scholarships and other costs of students from ODA-recipient countries studying in donor-countries (which do not constitute cross-border financial flows) and are which are high in Germany (US$1.1 billion in 2016) and France (US$804 million in 2016). When excluding these costs, the ranking changes slightly; the top donors are the US, the UK, Germany, Japan, and France.

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When looking at the share of education within a donor’s total funding for official development assistance, the top DAC donors are New Zealand (16%), Portugal (15%), Luxembourg (14%), Hungary (13%), and Slovenia (12%).

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