Tracking progress around the world


Global Alliance to Monitor Learning (GAML)

In 2015, the international community agreed on an ambitious agenda: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. To meet its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), accurate global measures of learning outcomes are essential.

The Global Alliance to Monitor Learning (GAML), an initiative led by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), supports national strategies for measuring learning, and enables international reporting related to SDG 4. Since the inception of GAML, the UIL has taken a lead role in monitoring SDG indicator 4.6.1. (‘Ensure that all youth and a substantial proposition of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy’). UIL, together with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation (OECD), chairs Taskforce 4.6 and convenes meetings of experts and partners to advance conceptual, methodological and reporting frameworks for measuring and monitoring adult literacy and numeracy.

Partners: UN Member States, UN agencies, experts, civil society, donors and the private sector


RAMAA: Literacy measurement

The purpose of RAMAA is to develop national capacities to evaluate and monitor the quality of literacy programmes, and to inform policymakers and development partners about the return on investment in literacy programmes by measuring the real level of literacy acquired, i.e. the actual performance of learners who complete courses. RAMAA is based on a methodological framework that takes into account cultural, educational and linguistic specificities as well as the knowledge and capacities of national experts from the participating countries in order to design, manage and implement programmes locally. RAMAA’s measurement tools are therefore constructed by the participating countries in partnership with UIL, the relevant UNESCO field offices, researchers and consultants. It is supported by partners such as the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Centre international d’études pédagogiques (CIEP) and the University of Hamburg. The project is also supported by technical and financial partners from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA).