National Education Accounts


A National Education Account (NEA) is a comprehensive framework which collects, processes, and analyses large quantities of diverse data collected from all education levels, all education providers, and all sources of funding (UIS-UNESCO, 2016). This methodology aims to answer the question who finances what by ‘mapping financing and spending flows in terms of education in a given country’ (IIEP-UNESCO, n.d.). NEAs enhance transparency in the estimation and use of resources mobilized for the sector (IIEP-UNESCO, n.d.).


IIEP-UNESCO. n.d. Costs and financing of education. Paris: IIEP-UNESCO. Retrieved from:

UIS-UNESCO (UNESCO Institute for Statistics). 2016. Who pays for what in education? The real costs revealed through national education accounts. Montreal: UNESCO-UIS. Retrieved from: