United Kingdom

United Kingdom


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Pledge for GPE 2nd replenishment 2015-2018*:
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Aid to education

In the UK, the Department for International Development (DFID) is responsible for managing development policy.

Among the priorities for the UK’ development cooperation in education can be found:

  • Access to a basic education cycle of primary and lower secondary, particularly in countries affected by fragility and conflict
  • Girls’ education and transition to secondary
  • Quality of teaching and learning, particularly for basic literacy and numeracy
  • Skills to link young people to opportunities, jobs, and growth.

In 2015, the top five recipients of UK bilateral ODA were: Pakistan, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Syria.

The UK and GPE

The United Kingdom is the member representative of the Donor 3 constituency on the GPE Board. Canada is also part of this constituency.

*The UK pledge is for up to GBP 300 million and is capped at 15% of burden share, with two tranches of GBP 50 million conditioned on GPE reforms. With the cap, the UK’s contribution for 2015-2018 will not exceed GBP 210 million.

Last updated May 16, 2017