Development finance statistics

Aid to the Education Sector


The OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) collects aid flows at activity level based on a standard methodology and agreed definitions.  Aid to Education is broken down into sub-sectors by level.

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Education-related aid at a glance (including other official flows)

  • Trends in Education-related aid
  • Aid by OECD DAC members
  • Aid by sector
  • Aid by instrument

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OECD DAC statistics are used in the compilation of UNESCO's Education For All (EFA) Global Monitoring Reports.

Related reporting codes and descriptions

CODES DESCRIPTION Clarifications / Additional notes on coverage





Education, level unspecified

The codes in this category are to be used only when level of education is unspecified or unknown (e.g. training of primary school teachers should be coded under 11220).


Education policy and administrative management

Education sector policy, planning and programmes; aid to education ministries, administration and management systems; institution capacity building and advice; school management and governance; curriculum and materials development; unspecified education activities.


Education facilities and training

Educational buildings, equipment, materials; subsidiary services to education (boarding facilities, staff housing); language training; colloquia, seminars, lectures, etc.


Teacher training


Teacher education (where the level of education is unspecified); in-service and pre-service training; materials development.


Educational research


Research and studies on education effectiveness, relevance and quality; systematic evaluation and monitoring.


Basic education



Primary education

Formal and non-formal primary education for children; all elementary and first cycle systematic instruction; provision of learning materials.


Basic life skills for youth and adults

Formal and non-formal education for basic life skills for young people and adults (adults education); literacy and numeracy training.


Early childhood education

Formal and non-formal pre-school education.



Secondary education



Secondary education

Second cycle systematic instruction at both junior and senior levels.


Vocational training

Elementary vocational training and secondary level technical education; on-the job training; apprenticeships; including informal vocational training.


Post-secondary education



Higher education

Degree and diploma programmes at universities, colleges and polytechnics; scholarships.


Advanced technical and managerial training

Professional-level vocational training programmes and in-service training.

Note: Sector specific education activities are to be included in the respective sectors, either in a specific education code such as Agricultural education or in a general code such as Communications policy/administrative management.


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