Reaching global goals through local action
Quality education for all is the foundation of a world that is prosperous, peaceful, equitable, and ready for the future.
GPE is determined to achieve a world in which every person experiences the power of a great education.
Who we are
Established in 2002, the Global Partnership for Education is a multi-stakeholder partnership and funding platform that galvanizes global and national support for education in developing countries, focusing on the poorest and most vulnerable children and youth.
GPE brings together developing countries, donors, international organizations, civil society, teacher organizations, the private sector and philanthropy to improve learning and equity through stronger education systems.
A key function of GPE is to support governments to develop good quality education sector plans and to encourage donors to align their support with these plans, hence reducing aid fragmentation and transaction costs.
GPE leverages the aid it provides by incentivizing partner governments to gradually allocate up to 20% of national budgets to quality education. GPE facilitates budgetary and policy transparency. It supports civil society organizations to hold governments accountable for implementing national education plans.
GPE supports the ambition and vision of the new Global Goal for education calling for inclusive, equitable quality education for all by 2030. GPE 2020, GPE’s new strategic plan for the next five years aligns GPE’s work in support of the new global education goal.
Transforming the world through education
GPE is focused entirely on education in developing countries. The partnership has a unique role: agreeing standards for education planning and policy-making and mobilizing financing from public and private sources around the world to support and monitor the implementation of those plans.
Financing at scale: In the last 10 years, GPE directly invested more than US$4.6 billion in education in developing countries. That money has leveraged billions in increased national spending.
Harnessing skills and talent: GPE partners come together in stakeholder collaborative forums, known as local education groups (LEGs) who develop, implement, monitor and evaluate education sector plans at country-level.
Working in the hardest places: GPE supports the poorest countries with the greatest education needs. This includes nations with high numbers of out-of-school children and weak school completion rates. Almost 50% of GPE funds go to countries affected by fragility and conflict.
Funding for results: GPE grants strengthen education systems to improve equity, quality, and learning–with 30% paid only if specific targets are reached.
Sharing best practice: GPE enables developing countries to address common education challenges through learning from each other, strengthening technical capacity, and accessing the best technical expertise.
Our goals and objectives
For the next five years we are mobilizing more funds as well as know-how from across the partnership in support of three strategic goals:
To achieve these goals, we mobilize partners globally to support developing country governments to maximize impact locally.
Explore the Global Partnership's milestones since its creation in 2002.