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Assessing BEQUAL’s Targeting Approach in Lao PDR

This study assess the targeting approach of BEQUAL against criteria of education performance and poverty and suggests ways to improve the targeting strategy based on the use of updated data and a broadened definition of district education performance. The study involves an analysis of the correlation between poverty and education outcomes, the construction of an education performance index using the principal component analysis method and the classification of BEQUAL and non-BEQUAL districts into national education performance and poverty quintiles.