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Aid to Basic Education in Developing Countries Under Threat

Charles Tapp and Rebecca Winthrop

The troubling trend we suspected a few months ago is confirmed: aid to basic education in developing countries is stagnating, or, at worst, significantly declining over the next several years.

The global economic crisis has significantly impacted donor countries’ willingness and ability to invest in aid for basic education, while simultaneously making it more difficult for developing countries to increase their own domestic financing. Donors are withdrawing support from several countries, citing the global economy and their intent to focus on specific regions and sectors in which they have comparative advantage as key reasons. Unfortunately, for the most part this withdrawal is largely uncoordinated, leading to a significant and potentially disastrous reduction in support for basic education worldwide.

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