The value of GPE
Our vision is the UN Global Goal for education
The Global Partnership for Education supports the ambition and vision of the new Global Goal for education calling for inclusive, equitable, quality education for all by 2030, and welcomes the call to become an implementing partner of the new global education agenda.
We are a unique international organization
The Global Partnership for Education is the only global fund solely dedicated to education in developing countries. GPE has a unique role: supporting education planning and policy making and mobilizing financing from donors to support and monitor the implementation of education plans.
We support the poorest countries with the greatest needs
28 out of GPE's 65 partner developing countries are fragile or conflict-affected. GPE works in some of the countries that have the greatest education needs, including a high number of out-of-school children, low school completion rates, and significant gender disparities.
We achieve impressive results
Since 2002 GPE partners have helped to get 61 million more children in primary school, including 30 million girls. In addition, the primary school completion rate in our partner countries has increased from 63% in 2002 to 73% in 2012, with the increase mainly occurring in fragile and conflict-affected countries.
We are one of the largest funders of basic education in low income countries
GPE has allocated US$4.5 billion to almost 60 partner countries since 2002, disbursing half a billion dollars for 2 consecutive years in 2014 and 2015. Half of GPE funding allocations in the past 2 years went to fragile and conflict-affected countries.
We are committed to advancing gender equality in education
Achieving gender equality is one of GPE’s principles and central to its core work over the 2016-2020 Strategic Plan period. GPE sees gender equality as an integral component in all its policies, programs and projects.
We believe that our inclusive approach is key to achieving results
We foster an inclusive approach, bringing all partners together in a coordinated education sector dialogue. This approach strengthens the credibility and relevance of education sector plans and therefore makes them more sustainable. GPE helps ensure that education reforms are strongly endorsed by stakeholders and deeply rooted in national systems.
GPE 2020, our new strategy, is all about data and results
GPE is investing more than ever in quality data and data collection systems to monitor progress and drive better decision-making in partner countries. Every partner must meet clear, specific goals and objectives, and we will systematically measure the impact of our actions through a new results framework. GPE 2020 also puts emphasis in increasing equity, gender equality and inclusion, targeting the poorest and most marginalized children.
We fill the gap between emergency needs and development support
When countries become unstable, GPE can adapt its approach and allow more flexibility and a faster response to address urgent needs. We aim to have education services restored as quickly as possible while laying the foundation to meet longer-term educational goals. We also actively support the Education Cannot Wait Fund and work closely with UNICEF in the design of the fund and its operation.
Our Board ensures that all partners have a voice
The Board of Directors is comprised of 19 constituencies representing all GPE partners: developing country governments, donor partners, civil society organizations and teachers, the private sector, and international organizations. This engagement from all partners is essential to ensure that concerted policies and reforms that respond to the needs and demands of all partners are presented to the Board.