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Southern Voices for Change in the International Aid System Project

The Forum on the Future of Aid is an online community dedicated to research and opinions about how the international aid system currently works and where it should go next

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'International Support: Making Better Use of More Aid’, chapter four, in ‘Strong Foundations: Early Childhood Care and Educa


Aid flows are rising, but the Education for All (EFA) goals cannot be met from current disbursements and domestic resources. US$11 billion of external support per year – three times the current level – is needed if early childhood and adult literacy programmes are to expand and all children are to complete primary school by 2015.

The 2007 EFA Global Monitoring Report ‘Strong foundations: early childhood care and education’, prepared by an independent team and published by UNESCO, reviews trends in education aid and warns that time is running out to meet the EFA goals set in 2000 in Dakar. Despite continued progress at the primary level, including for girls, too many children are still not in school, drop out early or do not reach minimal learning standards.

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