Funding

GPE helps governments finance the implementation of robust education sector plans that improve equity and learning

GPE leverages the financial support of donor countries, international organizations, the private sector and philanthropy to strengthen education systems in developing countries.

Our strategy, GPE 2020, aims to mobilize more and better financing for education by attracting additional donors to education, seeking increased financing from traditional donors, and advocating for increased domestic funding of education.

GPE unlocks more investments for education through advocacy and innovation

Domestic financing

GPE encourages partner developing countries to allocate 20% of their national budget to education, with a significant proportion (45%) for primary education. Working with partners, GPE promotes transparent reporting of these budgetary allocations.

Average Public Expenditures on Education, 2002 and 2013

Average Public Expenditures on Education, 2002 and 2013

Read the Policy Brief: GPE's engagement on domestic financing for education

Donors

GPE receives financial contributions from donor governments and philanthropic foundations. Since 2003, it has received US$5.2 billion from 27 donors.

Cumulative contributions to the GPE Fund by donor (%). 2003 to 2018

The following donors contribute less than 2%:

Belgium 1.75%
Ireland 1.63%
Germany 1.47%
Switzerland 1.29%
Italy 0.91%
Japan 0.51%
Russia 0.29%
Luxembourg 0.15%
Finland 0.14%
Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) 0.11%
Republic of Korea 0.05%
Open Society Foundation 0.03%
Stichting Benevolentia 0.03%
Dubai Cares 0.02%
Romania 0.01%
Rockefeller Foundation 0.01%

Learn more about donors

Grants

Since 2003, GPE has provided grants totaling US$4.9 billion:

  • to partner developing countries to develop and implement their education sector plans
  • to civil society organizations to advocate for education for all
  • to partner organizations to support research and share best practices to resolve education challenges.

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To enhance its impact in partner countries, GPE uses a results-based funding model:

  • Allocations are based on countries' needs. Eligibility to receive an implementation grant is based on poverty level, education vulnerability (number of children out of school) and fragility.
  • Performance is key: Eligible countries can receive 70% of their maximum allocation based on a credible education sector plan endorsed by national and international partners, the commitment to collect and analyze data to better manage their education system, and an increase in domestic spending on education up to at least 20% of the national budget. To receive the remaining 30% of the allocation, countries must demonstrate significant results in equity, efficiency, and learning outcomes.

A comprehensive financing and funding framework

In 2018, GPE launched a new financing and funding framework (FFF), which includes a mix of funding mechanisms to increase and leverage financing for education and deliver on the ambition of GPE 2020. The key features of the FFF are:

  • Making a better case for investing in education
  • Crowding-in additional financing, including through the GPE Multiplier
  • Reinforcing domestic resource mobilization
  • Increasing flexibility to target funds to specific geographic and thematic areas
  • Creating two new innovative funding mechanisms to support global public goods: