Replenishing our Financial Resources

GPE’s 3rd replenishment for 2018-2020 aims to raise significant commitments to education from partner countries, and current and new donors in order to ensure that all children and youth are in school and learning

The third replenishment campaign is an opportunity to raise the funds needed to implement GPE 2020, the partnership’s strategic plan, and to increase global education financing to ensure SDG 4 can be met.

Launched in 2016, the Education Commission report generated strong momentum for a more ambitious education agenda. Throughout 2017, strong support from civil society and the influence of individual champions made 2017 a defining year for global education, with GPE’s replenishment presenting an opportunity to deliver a substantive outcome.

At the UN General Assembly in September 2017, world leaders gathered at the Financing the Future: Education 2030 event and pledged their support to education, in particular to GPE's replenishment. The Presidents of Senegal and France announced they would co-host the GPE Financing Conference in Dakar in February 2018.

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The Case for Investment

The Case for Investment

The GPE replenishment marks the beginning of a new era in education financing to reverse the trend of declining aid for education. It is an opportunity to show a new commitment not just to the children of the developing world but to global security and prosperity.

GPE’s goal is to reach financing of US$2 billion a year by 2020. GPE’s ambition over the following decade will require this amount to double to US$4 billion a year by 2030.

For the upcoming replenishment, GPE is seeking donor contributions totaling US$3.1 billion over 3 years from 2018 to 2020 to achieve the goals set out in GPE 2020, the partnership’s strategy.

GPE is also expecting to unlock an additional US$900 million through its new GPE Multiplier, which incentivizes countries to leverage additional funding from external sources, generating at least US$3 for every US$1 of GPE support received.

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GPE’s replenishment goals

The replenishment campaign aims to ensure that there are sufficient resources to deliver GPE 2020, including domestic resources and funding to the GPE Fund.

The objectives of the GPE replenishment are to:

  • Increase domestic resources for education in developing countries to reach 20% of the budget
  • Increase external resources to enable GPE to better support developing country partners
  • Diversify donor contributions to GPE by attracting new sovereign donors, increasing contribution from existing ones and attracting new private sector and private foundations donors.

The replenishment campaign collaborates with champions including the Commissioners and civil society leadership, and ensure that the value of investing in education is highlighted in major public policy fora. The campaign will culminate in the GPE Financing Conference on February 2, 2018, hosted by the presidents of Senegal and France in Dakar.

Expected results

A Primary School in Cameroon. Credit: GPE/Stephan Bachenheimer

A Primary School in Cameroon.

Credit: GPE/Stephan Bachenheimer

With US$3.1 billion in financing, GPE’s support to developing countries would result in:

  • 19 million additional children completing primary school, including 9.4 million girls and over 10.8 million children in countries affected by fragility or conflict
  • 6.6 million additional children completing lower-secondary school, including 3.9 million girls and 3.9 million children living in countries affected by fragility and conflict
  • 1.7 million teachers trained
  • 23,800 classrooms built
  • 204 million textbooks distributed.

Previous replenishments

The first GPE replenishment covered 2011-2014 and generated pledges from 60 partners. Close to US$2 billion were contributed to the GPE Fund over that period.

The second GPE replenishment covered the years 2015 to 2018 and introduced a new financing and operational model. During this replenishment, donor partners pledged US$2.1 billion and developing country partners pledged an additional US$26 billion.