The aligned pooled fund in Burkina Faso, bringing together six donor partners including the GPE Fund, implements on average over US$30 million per year to support the education sector. The aligned pooled funds in Mozambique and Nepal—both bringing together nine donor partners—implement on average over $60 million and $100 million, respectively, per year.
The external funding that these national systems can absorb bring in important additional resources to accelerate reforms for system transformation and education results.
GPE’s approach in action
In Mozambique, the Education Sector Support Fund (Fundo de Apoio ao Sector de Educação, FASE) explicitly provides for a focus on high-priority cross-cutting reforms, including decentralization and program-based budgeting, to improve implementation and accountability across the public sector, ensuring resources are effectively channeled to local levels and schools. The support fund and its partners have made a substantial contribution to the reform process, including collaboration with the Ministry of Economy and Finance.
In Burkina Faso, the education pooled fund contributes to the implementation of cross-cutting government reforms in public administration, decentralization and public financial management. A results-based financing indicator through the GPE Fund’s contribution incentivizes a reduction of the operating costs of the central administration and concomitant increased resources to front-line education services provided by schools and decentralized Ministry of Education units. These resource allocation targets are then linked to service delivery indicators for in-service teacher training in early primary and improved learning environments in the classroom.
In Nepal, the education pooled fund brings added attention to several service delivery issues through 10 thematic areas, ranging from the rollout of the new national early grade reading program to improved governance and fiduciary management of schools and local government. This includes incentivizing local governments to reinforce their service delivery and oversight mandates, notably the effective release, accounting and reporting of conditional grants to schools to cover teacher salaries, textbooks and school operational expenditures.
These examples, taken from the brief Aligning Aid for Education with National Systems, illustrate how aligned funding mechanisms working through national systems can encourage not only system transformation but also system resilience in dealing with unforeseen events, such as the COVID-related education crisis.
GPE and its new operating model supports improvements in effective development cooperation for education through more and better alignment of aid with national systems. GPE encourages its partner countries and development partners in this transition to accelerate system transformation and education outcomes for all.