Financing education

In many poor countries, education is chronically underfunded. In all the communities where ActionAid works, we aim to help create a more equal society by breaking down the barriers to good quality, government-funded education for all children. 

We campaign for a greater share of funds to be spent on education in ways that benefit girls and marginalised children. 

Examples of our work includes research on domestic taxation, documenting the impact of IMF macroeconomic policies on education finance (see Education on Brink, Confronting the Contradictions and Contradicting Commitments) and advocating for properly trained, qualified and remunerated teachers (see research on teachers from the ILOPS project).

We take an evidenced-based approach to our advocacy, focusing on alternative policy solutions by producing macroeconomic and national budget frameworks.

We also work with Global Campaign for Education to ensure donors live up to their promises on filling education finance gaps in a harmonised way, supporting national education plans.

Our Toolkit on Education Financing was jointly developed with Education International. The toolkit is targeted at national education coalitions, teacher unions, NGOs and researchers concerned with promoting the right to education and committed to campaigning for more funding for basic education.

Our goal is for civil society to pursue transparent and democratic processes in decision-making over education budgets, and to work in partnership with other stakeholders – particularly teachers’ unions – who play a key role in the achievement of education for all.