Top education donors to sub-Saharan Africa

John Kazadi, a fourth grade teacher, asks his students questions at the St. Louis Primary School in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The country is one of the largest recipients of the World Bank's education aid in 2013. Photo by: Dominic Chavez / World Bank / CC BY-NC-ND

Though many of the world’s fastest-growing economies can be found in sub-Saharan Africa, great income disparities within and across countries have kept almost half of the continent’s population — more than 414 million people — below the extreme poverty line, or living on less than $1.25 per day.

Home to nearly every low-income country in the world, much of sub-Saharan Africa is beset by myriad challenges, such as ineffective governance, conflict, political instability, food insecurity, high unemployment, inefficient health and education systems, and the negative effects of climate change. The continent is currently the largest recipient of official development assistance — it received $48.5 billion in 2013 or about 30 percent of that year’s total ODA to developing countries — but even this is insufficient for the struggling region’s development needs.

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