The Commission recommends that the international community increases its investment in educational global public goods. There is now growing consensus that spending aid on global public goods is a good investment”
Education Commission Report p.116
Drawing on the Education Commission’s statement, KIX was driven by the recognition that the provision of global and regional public goods can greatly enhance national-level educational policies and outcomes, and that the funding of global public goods in education is minimal. What are global public goods in education?
A global public good is knowledge or tool that is non-rivalrous, non-exclusionary, has positive externalities, is more efficiently produced collectively, transcends national boundaries and is available across multiple countries (e.g. technical toolkits, studies, databanks, training modules, good practices, global monitoring reports). Currently, only 3% of official development assistance in education is allocated to the production of global public goods, whereas this figure is 21% in the health sector.
According to the Education Commission, investing in global public goods can include :
The Global Education Monitoring report also addresses the importance of global public goods. In order to achieve SDG4, increased investments are needed in global public goods to facilitate knowledge sharing across borders and disseminate effective practices adapted for national or local contexts.
One cross-cutting global public good is knowledge for global development. In the case of education, such knowledge takes three forms:
This work was supported by the Global Partnership for Education Knowledge and Innovation Exchange, a joint endeavour with the International Development Research Centre, Canada.