Development effectiveness

GPE is strongly committed to the principles of development effectiveness adopted by the international community to achieve results in the education sector.

From its creation in 2002, the Global Partnership for Education has been set up and organized with development effectiveness principles at its core. GPE has adopted an approach that places developing countries in the driver’s seat, seeking to align and harmonize partners’ support to national priorities.

GPE has not only adopted effectiveness principles in its own Charter, but has also actively participated in, or contributed to, the various high-level meetings of the international community focusing on this topic, in Paris, Accra and Busan.  GPE is also a member of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation.

GPE’s core belief is that development can only be effective and sustainable if it is owned by national governments, and if the support and financing provided by development partners is aligned and harmonized with governments’ priorities.

GPE is strongly committed to the principles of development effectiveness

GPE principles

GPE 2020 highlights eight principles that GPE follows in all its work, five of which emphasize development effectiveness:

  1. Inclusive policy dialogue to engage national governments, donors, civil society, teachers, philanthropy and the private sector
  2. Country ownership and providing support for nationally identified priorities
  3. Harmonization and alignment of aid to country systems
  4. Mutual accountability and transparency across the partnership
  5. Inclusive partnership as the best way to achieve development results.

GPE effectiveness model

Happy school girl in a primary school in Lao PDR.

Credit: GPE/Stephan Bachenheimer

  • Developing countries lead the process to analyze, plan, develop and implement their education sector strategies. GPE partners provide the tools, guidance, technical support and resources that governments may need at each stage of the process.​
  • GPE promotes dialogue and consensus: GPE encourages governments to include all partners in the dialogue at each stage of the education sector plan development, implementation and monitoring. Governments lead local education groups, with representatives from development partners, civil society, teachers, donors and multilateral agencies. The local education group is responsible for endorsing the country’s education sector plan, and following its implementation through annual joint sector reviews.
  • GPE promotes the use of country systems: Whenever possible, GPE promotes the use of country’s public procurement and financial systems to channel aid. Of all implementation grants, 48% are transferred through government budget systems and 35% use national procurement laws.
  • GPE closely monitors progress and results: A new results framework in the GPE 2020 strategy includes 37 indicators of progress, which will be monitored annually and reported to the partnership. The results framework is the primary tool for measuring progress and holding all members of the partnership accountable. GPE believes that transparency and accountability drive better results, reaching GPE’s vision to inclusive and equitable quality education for all girls and boys.


March 29, 2017
GPE plays a leading role in promoting development effectiveness in the education sector and has integrated effectiveness principles into its governance, strategy and operations.