Topic Guide: Non-Traditional Financing for Education


Aid to education is declining, and aid to basic education fell by 20% from 2009 to 2012 (Steer, 2014). Public spending on education is falling short, with only 25% of countries spending the recommended 6% of gross national product (GNP) to deliver quality education (Ibid.). A $38 billion funding gap remains in terms of providing good-quality basic and lower-secondary education for all by 2015 (UNESCO, 2014). Given the success of non-traditional financing in the health sector, the education sector has started to explore its potential to see if it can provide additional and alternative sources of finance to address some of the financing gap.

This guide provides an overview of non-traditional financing and outlines the sources of non-traditional finance. The guide also looks at non-traditional financing instruments to raise funds, and the mechanisms to use existing funds more effectively.

A 14-page extended executive summary is also appended.


Bellinger, A.; Fletcher, B. Topic Guide: Non-Traditional Financing for Education. EPS PEAKS, UK (2014) v + 74 pp.

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