Countries Affected by Fragility and Conflict

GPE helps countries strengthen and rebuild their education systems during and after a crisis so that children can continue with their education.

75 million children aged 3 to 18 live in countries facing war and violence and are deprived of their right to education. During conflict, schools are often destroyed or become unsafe. Students are forced out of school, making them more vulnerable and at risk of violence, forced labor, and permanent displacement, without a guarantee that they can go back to school when they arrive at a safer destination.

Ensuring that children have access to education during conflict and crises protects their rights, instills a sense of normalcy, and fosters resilience, inclusion and tolerance, supporting the long-term processes of rebuilding and peacebuilding.

GPE 2020, the partnership's strategic plan, strengthens GPE's support to countries affected by fragility and conflict.

GPE aims to have education services restored as quickly as possible while laying the foundation to meet longer-term educational goals

Our results

  • 69% primary completion rate in GPE partner countries affected by fragility and conflict in 2015 compared to 56% in 2000

  • 60% share of GPE implementation grants allocated to partner countries affected by fragility and conflict in 2016 compared to 44% in 2012

  • 500,000 more children completed lower secondary school in 2014 in partner countries affected by fragility and conflict compared to 2013

  • 88 girls for every 100 boys completed primary school in GPE countries affected by fragility and conflict in 2015 compared to 74 in 2002


GPE in action

5th grade classroom at Shaheed Zubaer basic school for boys in Sudan. Credit: GPE/ Kelley Lynch

5th grade classroom at Shaheed Zubaer basic school for boys in Sudan.

Credit: GPE/ Kelley Lynch

GPE finances education interventions that accompany children throughout a country's progress from preparedness through to recovery to reduce the impact of crises. It recognizes that securing education services across the divide between humanitarian and development interventions is crucial to maintaining progress.

GPE also promotes a foundation for better coordination and dialogue among development and humanitarian actors so that resources are used in the best way possible in crisis settings.

GPE supports these countries with three mechanisms:

Accelerated funding: allows disbursement within eight weeks of up to 20% of a GPE grant. The use of funds is based on the education cluster needs assessment and agreed by the local education group and the education cluster. Activities can include temporary shelters, school meals and school supplies, as well as classroom construction, teacher remuneration and school grants.

Transitional education planning: GPE provides financial and technical support to help countries establish a transitional education plan. This forms the basis for a coordinated approach by identifying priority actions in the medium term to maintain progress toward ensuring the right to education and meeting longer-term educational goals.

Operational framework for effective support in countries affected by fragility and conflict: under this policy GPE is able to redirect resources to priority activities arising from the emergency.

These mechanisms ensure that GPE funding to the education sector does not stop when the emergencies strike and that partners can work together in identifying the most pressing needs and the best use of the funds.

GPE actively supports Education Cannot Wait (ECW), a global fund to provide education in emergencies. GPE is working closely with the ECW Secretariat to establish a strong foundation and operational framework.

GPE partner countries affected by fragility and conflict

See the list of GPE partner countries affected by fragility and conflict

Number of GPE partner countries affected by fragility and conflict (2002-2018)

Source: GPE Secretariat, GEMR Conflict-Affected States, World Bank "Harmonized List of Fragile Situations"


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