Education for All Global Monitoring Report

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Developed by an independent team and published by UNESCO, the EFA Global Monitoring Report is a reference that aims to sustain commitment towards Education for All.


In April 2000 more than 1,100 participants from 164 countries gathered in Dakar, Senegal, for the World Education Forum.

The participants, ranging from teachers to prime ministers, academics to policymakers, non-governmental bodies to the heads of major international organizations, adopted the 2000-word Dakar Framework for Action, Education for All: Meeting Our Collective Commitments

About the EFA Global Monitoring Report[edit]

The Education for All Global Monitoring Report is the prime instrument to assess progress towards achieving the six 'Dakar' EFA goals to which over 160 countries committed themselves in 2000. It tracks progress, identifies policy reforms and best practice in all areas relating to EFA, draws attention to emerging challenges and promotes international cooperation in favour of education.

The publication is targeted at decision-makers at the national and international level, and more broadly, at all those engaged in promoting the right to quality education – teachers, civil society groups, NGOs, researchers and the international community.

Whilst the report has an annual agenda for reporting progress on each of the six EFA goals, each edition also adopts a theme, chosen because of its importance to the EFA process.

Aims and audience[edit]

The Education for All Global Monitoring Report aims to inform education and aid policy through analysis of the challenges facing countries. While the prime audience consists of decision-makers such as ministers, policymakers, parliamentarians and education planners, other groups such as civil society, teachers, non-governmental organizations, university researchers and the media.are important.


The 'UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), based in Montreal, plays the leading role in providing data for the report on students, teachers, school performance, adult literacy and education expenditure.

The institute collects data from over 200 countries and territories, but serious limitations in data coverage make it difficult to monitor certain aspects of Education for All, from public financing to education. To improve and accelerate data collection, UIS is helping governments to strengthen their own systems and analysis capacities. The report also draws on data from national household surveys, specially commissioned studies and other sources.

The report publishes quality-assured data, compiled so that statistics are comparable for the majority of countries, using the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED). Not all countries use the same classification systems, however, which can lead to discrepancies between national data and those published internationally.

Differences can also stem from national population estimates. To calculate several indicators, UIS uses estimates from the United Nations Population Division, which can differ from those published by individual countries. More generally, the quality assurance process entails a time lag between the collection (and often the publication) of data by national governments and their release by UIS for use in this and other reports. Where possible, the report identifies discrepancies and data gaps.

Funding and organization[edit]

The publication is funded in the majority by multilateral and bilateral agencies, and benefits from the expertise of an international Advisory Board. During its annual meeting, the Board discusses the scope and contents of the Report underway and provides advice on its future development.

Each Report is developed over a 12 to 18-month period. It draws on scholarship and expertise from governments, NGOs, bilateral and multilateral agencies, UNESCO institutes and research institutions. Research Papers commissioned for each Report are available on the website.

The final version of the Report is submitted to the Director-General of UNESCO on an annual basis and considered by the High-Level Group on Education for All, comprising 24 members, including government ministers, representatives of donor organizations, UN agencies and non-governmental organizations. Its role, as stated in the Dakar Framework for Action (paragraph 19), is to sustain and accelerate the political momentum created at the World Education Forum.

The Report is translated into the UN and other languages so that its messages and findings may be shared.

Reports by year[edit]

Global Monitoring Report 2015 under preparation

Global Monitoring Report 2013/4

Teaching and learning: Achieving quality for all

Global Monitoring Report 2012

Youth and skills: Putting education to work

Global Monitoring Report 2011

The hidden crisis: Armed conflict and education

Global Monitoring Report 2010

Reaching the marginalized

Global Monitoring Report 2009

Overcoming inequality: why governance matters

Global Monitoring Report 2008

Education for All by 2015: Will we make it?

Global Monitoring Report 2007

Strong foundations: Early childhood care and education

Global Monitoring Report 2006

Literacy for life

Global Monitoring Report 2005

Education for all: the quality imperative

Global Monitoring Report 2003/2004

Gender and education for all: the leap to equality

Global Monitoring Report 2002

Education for all: Is the world on track?


Aaron Benavot, 2015 Report
Pauline Rose, 2012, 2013/4 reports
Kevin Watkins, 2009, 2010, 2001 reports
Nick Burnett, 2006, 2007, 2008 reports
Christopher Colclough, 2002, 2003/4, 2005 reports

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