United Arab Emirates

Learn about the United Arab Emirates as a partner in the Global Partnership for Education.

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Aid to education

In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), foreign aid policy is led by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

UAE foreign assistance contributes to global efforts to achieve SDG 4, including a strong focus on girls’ education. Investments are guided by the first five-year "UAE Policy for Foreign Assistance (2017–2021)" and are focused on three key pillars:

  • Women’s empowerment and protection
  • Transport and urban infrastructure
  • Technical cooperation

The United Arab Emirates is a participant in the Development Assistance Committee (DAC). In 2017, the UAE’s official development assistance (ODA) reached US$4.6 billion (1.31% of gross national income). That same year, the top recipients of its Basic Education ODA Disbursement were: Tanzania, Mexico, Philippines, Rwanda, Comoros.

Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation, United Arab Emirates. Photo credit: GPE/Heather Shuker
Education is one of the most effective ways to fight terrorism and radicalization.
Reem Al Hashimy
Minister of State for International Cooperation, United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates and GPE

The United Arab Emirates sits on the Governance and Ethics Committee and is also an observer on the Strategy and Impact Committee.

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Last updated March 23, 2021