Project profile — Support to the UNESCO Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report


UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (41304)
2019-12-20 - 2023-03-31
Global Affairs Canada
MFM Global Issues & Dev.Branch

Country / region 

• Africa, regional (40.00%)
• America, regional (25.00%)
• Asia, regional (25.00%)
• Oceania, regional (5.00%)
• Europe, regional (5.00%)


• Education, Level Unspecified: Education policy and administrative management (11110) (100.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (significant objective)
• Youth Issues (significant objective)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


The project aims to contribute to inclusive and equitable quality education and to promote lifelong learning opportunities for all, as outlined in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4). The Global Education Monitoring Report (GEM Report) is an editorially independent report, established in 2002, to monitor progress towards the international education agenda targets. The GEM Report provides analysis on different regions focusing on specific issues such as gender, education in conflict situations, migration and skill for youth, which permits a comparison between education systems at the global scale. Based on a rigorous review and analysis of both qualitative and quantitative research and data, the GEM Report provides a breadth of understanding on progress and challenges in education that serves to inform and hold global, regional and national education stakeholders accountable. The GEM Report also serves as a basis for evidence-based advocacy to promote progress towards achieving the education targets set out in SDG4, including through acting as convener, and brokering dialogue on education issues with policy makers, academics, education stakeholders and young people, to effect policy changes. Project activities include: (1) the publication of three annual editions of the global report (2020, 2021, 2022) and its associated products; (2) publishing the regional reports; (3) publishing the gender equality report; (4) publishing policy papers; and (5) supporting the GEM Report’s advocacy work.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) education systems, plans and policies are strengthened to provide quality education and strengthen gender equality for all and advance progress towards SDG4; (2) commitments are increased and practices of national and international education stakeholders towards quality education, gender equality, learning and skills are improved; (3)awareness of education goals is increased and accountability among education stakeholders is strengthened.

Results achieved 

Results achieved by the United Nations, Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Global Education Monitoring Report (GEMR) through the Government of Canada’s support and other international donors as of (February 2021) include: (1) launched the 2020 GEMR on Inclusive Education on June 23, 2020; (2) launched the 2020 Gender Report on October 9, 2020; (3) drafted and launched two regional reports on inclusion in education. Latin America and the Caribbean, launched on November 2020, and Central and Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia, launched on February 2021; and (4) established two new partnership initiatives under development with UNESCO Institute for Statistics and the Institute for Health and Metrics and Evaluation on selected Sustainable Development Goal 4 indicators and another one with the Association for the Development of Education in Africa, which focused on regional report series on basic education in Africa.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $300,000
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
16-03-2023 Disbursement $300,000
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by implementing partners
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