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Annual Report 2018

  • March 2019

UIL’s 2018 Annual Report shows how, last year, our work contributed to fulfilling our mission to support better policy-making and strengthen the capacities of UNESCO Member States in the field of lifelong learning.

UIL’s vision is for all children, youth and adults to benefit from quality lifelong learning, within the framework of sustainable development and peace, and we pursue it in the context of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, particularly Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 on quality education and lifelong learning.

In 2018, UIL’s activities in the areas of policy advice, capacity development, research, monitoring, networking and advocacy have been combined, enhanced and, in some cases, redirected to achieve SDG 4 and the other SDGs to which lifelong learning can contribute. Our activities included the development of new capacity-development materials, an online course on mainstreaming lifelong learning into education policies and plans, and new research on the role of recognition mechanisms in the socio-economic integration and further learning of Syrian refugees.

UIL strengthened its work on assessment and evaluation, through the RAMAA project on the assessment of learning outcomes in 12 African countries, and our contribution to the Global Alliance to Monitor Learning (GAML).

UIL continued to grow the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities and to coordinate the Global Alliance for Literacy within the Framework of Lifelong Learning. We also stepped up preparations for the fourth Global Report on Adult Learning and Education (due in 2019) and for CONFINTEA VII, in 2022.

UIL Director David Atchoarena said: ‘UIL can be proud of what it has achieved in 2018. Governing Board members, our key partners and stakeholders, our funders and our dedicated staff all deserve credit for guiding the institute through a challenging 12 months. The renewed commitment of our donors, and particularly the increased contribution of the German Foreign Office, puts the Institute on a solid foundation and allows us to build positively on the progress made to date.’


  • Author/Editor: UIL
  • UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning - 2019
  • Available in: English, French