Without national education accounts (NEA), expenditure on education is often vastly underestimated.
This graph by UIS shows the share of education budget as a share of gross domestic product (GDP) in Nepal, Cote d’Ivoire, Vietnam and Uganda. The percentage of these expenditure before the countries established NEAs is in blue, and the actuals after the numbers from the NEA exercise came in are the full bars.
NEAs can offer considerable insight into the tracking of resources to show where, how and by whom education is funded and who benefits. The data is extremely helpful to governments and their partners as they prepare and implement education strategies, including their financing.
During a webinar organized by GPE yesterday, an overview of the NEA methodology was presented and representatives from Nepal and Uganda shared their experience on the process of building a NEA and the usages of its data to inform policy making, reporting and accountability.
GPE is partnering with the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP), UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) and IIEP/ Pôle de Dakar on this work.