The Commission increased aid for education in emergencies and
protracted crises to 10 % of its total humanitarian aid in 2019.
We assessed how the Commission managed this new level of
support. We found that projects were relevant and achieved their
expected results, but reached fewer girls than boys. Most projects
in our sample were too short compared to needs and the
Commission did not sufficiently identify opportunities for
increased cost-effectiveness. Although most projects continued to
benefit children after they had ended, cash for education projects
did little to reduce dependence on cash assistance. We
recommend providing longer-term funding, improving cost
analysis, providing more support for girls and improving the
sustainability of cash assistance projects.
ECA special report pursuant to Article 287(4), second
Special Report 02/2021: EU humanitarian aid for education: helps children in need, but should be longer-term and reach more girls