The Global and Regional Activities Program

The Global and Regional Activities (GRA) program engages education stakeholders in researching and applying new knowledge and evidence-based practices to resolve education challenges.

The program supports research, capacity development and knowledge sharing at the regional and global levels to accelerate the objectives outlined in GPE's Strategic Plan 2012-2015.

The program focuses on 3 critical areas:

  1. Learning Outcomes
  2. Education Financing
  3. Out-of-school Children

The GRA program contributes to creating global public goods by ensuring that partner developing countries have access to global knowledge at the same time as we are increasing their capacity to benefit from such knowledge.

The current GRA portfolio consists of 15 grants valued at US$31 million that were approved by the Board in 2013.


Through technical workshops, peer-learning events, and conferences, the program provides opportunities for partners to access evidence and share knowledge.

GRA Project Partner Organizations Geographic Focus Approved grant in USD
Learning Outcomes
Development of methodologies to link reading assessments across regions and draw lessons regarding best early assessment practices UIS, Hewlett Foundation 53 GPE partner countries 462,246
Learning outcomes in early grades in reading: Integrations of curriculum, teaching, learning materials, and assessment of education UNESCO IBE, University of Geneva Niger, Senegal, Burkina Faso 2,998,996
ELAN - Effectiveness of teaching and learning in bilingual context AFD, OIF Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo 1,408,200
OPERA - Teaching and learning effectiveness for learning outcomes AFD, Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie Burkina Faso and the IFADEM African partner countries 996,855
Pacific Early Grade Readiness and Learning Program (PEARL) Quality/Learning Outcomes World Bank Tonga and Papua New Guinea, beneficiaries: all Pacific island countries 8,505,075
Delivering on strategic objective on teachers UNESCO, Education International Cote d'Ivoire, DRC, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Benin, Mali, Senegal Uganda, Nepal, Haiti 1,984,850
Learning Outcomes - Asia Region/ Learner assessment for instructional progress UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education Regional: Asia Pacific region 944,061
Education financing and systems building
Education Financing: Development of methodologies to improve national reporting on financial flows UIS and IIEP (Paris and Pole de Dakar) Guinea, Zimbabwe, Cote d'Ivoire, Vietnam, Lao PDR, Nepal Uganda 2,119,074
Education Financing: School Grants IIEP Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Honduras, Nicaragua 996,812
School Profiles: Systems Improvement UNICEF, IIEP, Pole de Dakar Global (Madagascar, Togo started) 878,069
Out-of-school children, access and equity
Out-of-School Children: Closing the data gap UIS, UNICEF, World Bank, UNESCO Global: Africa, Arab states, Asia, Latin America 1,099,527
Significant reduction in Out-of-school children UNICEF, UIS, national governments Global: post-conflict and transitional countries 3,284,900
Addressing the out-of-school children data and policy gaps World Bank, UNESCO, UNICEF, UIS, national governments Global with a strong emphasis on GPE countries 1,583,027
Disability, health and education in support of learning for all World Bank Global: 15 GPE countries 3,000,000
Addressing school-related gender-based violence UNICEF, UNGEI Togo, Cote d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Zambia 800,000