Developing world leaders agree education is their top priority

aiddata1New research just released by AidData funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development; and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation contains the findings of a survey among 3,500 leaders working in 126 low and lower middle income countries around the world on their greatest development challenges in their country.

Regardless of region, they agreed their top three priorities were education, peace and justice, and decent work and economic growth. Overall, the education goal in the SDG agenda, SDG 4, was the most oft-cited as being in the leaders’ top priorities.

As the below graph shows, the Listening to Leaders 2018 Report shows that education was most leaders’ highest priority in every region apart from Europe / Central Asia and South Asia, where it still came third and second, respectively.


The research was plotted against the priorities highlighted in 2015 by 10 million people around the world who took part in the UN My World 2015 survey, and found strong synergies. Education, no matter who you ask, it appears, is at the top of the list.

aid data 3

aid data 4Conclusion? It’s obvious. Education is at the heart of the sustainable development agenda. The extent to which it is funded and prioritized in donors’ and governments’ budgets, should reflect this. What could be more important than ensuring each and every one of us has access to a quality education?

This entry was posted in monitoring, sdg, sdgs, Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

4 Responses to Developing world leaders agree education is their top priority

  1. Oyeyemi says:

    Indeed it is a world of leaders builder where education will be the bedrock of every leaders

    Liked by 2 people

  2. gtgischools says:

    Nice Article, Quality education is very Important for Devlopment

    CBSE School in Neelankarai

    CBSE School in Thiruvallur

    Liked by 3 people

  3. catherine says:

    Education is the main catalyst of sustainable development…equitable access is very key in edging out levels of exclusion and marginalization

    Liked by 2 people

  4. No objection to this article. Very true- education is of course very important

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s