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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.
Minister of State for International Cooperation, United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates and GPE
The United Arab Emirates joined GPE in 2018. At the 3rd replenishment conference in Dakar, the country became the first Arab and Middle Eastern donor to GPE and pledged US$100 million.
Watch the launch of GPE's Case for Investment in the Middle East (April 2021)