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The Global Partnership for Education

The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) is the main multilateral mechanism devoted to education aid in developing countries, from primary to secondary school. Since 2003, the GPE has allocated a total of $5.3 billion to the education sector. Half of these funds went to Francophone countries and more than a third to the 19 priority countries of France’s official development assistance. In 2018, France announced a historic contribution of €200 million to the GPE. Since the summer of 2019, there has been a regional GPE office in Paris.

Main multilateral mechanism devoted to education aid in developing countries

The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) was created in 2002, with France’s support. It seeks to speed up the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4): “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”.

The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) is the main multilateral mechanism devoted to education aid in developing countries, from primary to secondary school. Nearly 70 partner countries and more than 20 donors, as well as international organizations, development banks, teacher representatives, civil society organizations and representatives of the education private sector and private foundations are joined together in this partnership by a very inclusive governance system. As a partnership and funds, the CPE mobilizes international and national investments and rallies partners together to help governments implement solid education systems.

The Global Partnership for Education focuses on ensuring that more children from the poorest countries, and girls in particular, receive the education they need to develop their full potential. The goals of the GPE strategy are improved and more equitable outcomes, increased equity, gender equality and inclusion, and effective and efficient education systems. The GPE is currently preparing its new strategy.

Since 2003, the GPE has allocated a total of $5.3 billion to the education sector. Half of these funds went to Francophone countries and more than a third to the 19 priority countries of France’s official development assistance.

France, the fourth largest donor to the Global Partnership for Education

On 2 February 2018, the GPE held its 2018-2020 Financing Conference in Dakar. French President Emmanuel Macron co-chaired this Conference with Senegalese President Macky Sall. The Conference raised $2.3 billion for three years. On this occasion, France announced a historic contribution of €200 million. France also asked that half of these funds go directly to countries in the Sahel region. France is the GPE’s fourth largest donor (behind the EU, the United Kingdom and Norway). The next financing conference is planned for 2021.

Under the impetus of France, the Global Partnership for Education, today based in Washington, opened a regional office in Paris in the summer of 2019 in the World Bank building. A dozen people are currently working in this office of the Secretariat, and this number is set to increase to 25 by the summer of 2021. This European branch will bring the GPE closer to most of its partners in Africa and main donor countries, as well as UNESCO and the International Organisation of La Francophonie, which are also based in Paris.

Education in partner countries is improving

Thanks to its advocacy and planning, the GPE has helped improve education in partner countries:

Basic education: In 2016, an additional 77 million children were enrolled in school in GPE partner countries compared to 2002. The primary school completion rate is an average 77% in GPE partners countries (2016), compared to 63% in 2002. In 2019, the GPE supported the education of 22.2 million children.

Education of girls: In 2016, 75% of girls completed primary school compared to 57% in 2002. In 2019, 63% of GPE partner countries improved their scores on equity in education.

Teacher training: In 2018, 347,000 teachers were trained in GPE partner countries.

Education financing: In 2019, 65% of GPE partner countries increased or maintained their portion of government spending on education at 20%.

Updated: January 2020