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Cordaid education


Education is a foundation for life and a gateway to personal development. However, more than 250 million children and youth are not in school. Among those who do attend school, many fail to reach minimum levels in reading and mathematics due to a poor learning environment. We aim to improve both access to primary schools, as well as the quality of education.

To structurally increase access to education, notably for girls, and improve the quality of the learning environment, we train teachers in our results-based financing approach.

Results-based financing in education

By achieving results to a specific set of indicators, schools focus on improving the quality of education and enhancing good governance. We pay attention to a safe and stimulating learning environment by using educative signs and posters in the playground. Schools are stimulated to use their subsidy for the acquisition of educational materials, to provide drinking water and improve sanitation facilities.

We are confident that by improving the quality of education, the learning outcomes of children will improve as well. We engage with all relevant actors within the education chain and strive for more autonomy and cost-efficiency in educational systems.

System strengthening: the sustainable way forward

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Our approach entails a direct link between funding and results. Schools will only receive funds when they can demonstrate that the agreed results have been achieved, such as more girls in the classroom and improved quality of education.

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, we successfully implemented a large-scale results-based financing programme covering 1,350 schools to improve access to education for 590,000 children. This project is called PAQUE (Projet d’Amélioration de la Qualité de l’Éducation) and received funding from the Global Partnership for Education, managed by the World Bank.

With our work on this topic, we contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations:





  • Triple nexus

    We aim to link relief to rehabilitation, development and peace
  • Climate justice

    We actively pursue sustainability principles across all our activities
  • Gender equity

    We want equal rights for women, men, and non-binary people
  • Diversity and inclusion

    We need diversity to build peaceful, equitable and resilient societies