United Kingdom

United Kingdom


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Aid to education

In the UK, the Department for International Development (DFID) is responsible for managing development policy. DfID is among the largest funders of primary education in the OECD DAC.

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

Penny Mordaunt, Secretary of State for International Development, UK. Photo credit: GPE/Heather Shuker
We believe in the Global Partnership for Education, which is why the UK has made the largest overall contribution to it for the last 15 years...Unless every child can reach their full potential, humanity never will.  
Penny Mordaunt
Secretary of State for International Development, UK

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


Last updated February 27, 2018