Estimating Government Spending on Early Childhood Development

A Methodological Guide


This technical note presents a step-by-step process for analysing government budgets to estimate the size and composition of public investments in ECD. The main objective is to provide a simple methodology for policymakers, civil society organizations (CSOs) and development partners to measure and report on ECD spending as well as improve the design and implementation of ECD budgets. The note focuses on investments made by central and local governments through national systems and less on off-budget expenditures or expenditures by private sector service providers.

19-year-old Nawomi Phiri is seen carrying her four months old daughter Madalitso
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