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Education Aid Eludes Countries That Need It Most

Even as overall aid increases, the share of that money going to education has stagnated — leaving least developed countries in the lurch.
According to a new policy paper released by UNESCO's Global Education Monitoring Report, while total development aid has risen 24 percent, aid for education has been on the decline for six years ? falling 4 percent since 2010. / Marcus Butt / Getty Images

In the West African country of Burkina Faso, nearly 50 percent of children do not attend school. The reported cost of getting them there would be close to $182 million, and yet the small, francophone country received only $17 million in education aid in 2012.

This comes from a new policy paper released this week by UNESCO's Global Education Monitoring Report, which

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