country scores

This report card assesses donor countries’ progress against their commitments to education. We examine the extent to which countries are meeting their pledges to spend 0.7% of their gross national income (GNI) on aid, and how much of this aid goes to the least developed countries and to programmes specifically addressing gender inequality.

The heat map below provides a visual representation of country scores. Green shading indicates a higher average score across a selection of equity and girls’ education-focused indicators, while orange shading represents a lower average score.

Our Recommenda­tions

Higher-income countries should:

  • Renew—and set a timeline to reach—the global target to spend 0.7% of gross national income (GNI) on aid
  • Ensure at least 10% of aid is spent on education, prioritising low-income countries and those with large gender disparities in education
  • Reform global financial institutions to create the conditions for investment in education

Leaders of all countries should:

  • Extend the right to education to include one year of pre-primary education, in addition to 12 years of school
  • Ensure education is a force for gender equality
  • Revise curriculums so that girls gain the knowledge and skills to cope with and address 21st century challenges
  • Make education systems resilient to the impacts of shocks
  • Collect and increase the availability of high-quality, timely and reliable gender-disaggregated data
  • Leverage the National SDG 4 Benchmark process to adopt further benchmark values on gender targets