About GPE

GPE is the largest global fund solely dedicated to transforming education in lower-income countries, and a unique, multi-stakeholder partnership. We work to deliver quality education so that every girl and boy can have hope, opportunity and agency.

For two decades, GPE has been delivering funds and supporting solutions to build strong and resilient education systems in countries characterized by extreme poverty or conflict so that more children, especially girls, get the education they need to thrive and contribute to building a more prosperous and sustainable world.

GPE brings together all partners invested in education --lower-income countries, donors, international organizations, civil society, including youth and teacher organizations, the private sector and private foundations-- to transform education systems focusing particularly on the places and people with the greatest needs.

Our unique model has helped partner countries make significant progress in improving access, learning and equity, and achieve better outcomes for hundreds of millions of boys and girls.

What we do

Our vision

A quality education for every child

Our mission

To mobilize partnerships and investments that transform education systems in lower-income countries, leaving no one behind


Our goal

To accelerate access, learning outcomes and gender equality through equitable, inclusive and resilient education systems fit for the 21st century

Transforming education is about creating impact at scale so that every child receives a quality education. GPE helps governments make systemic changes and align resources and funding to deliver education for the most marginalized children, raise learning levels, withstand shocks and adapt to new challenges.

GPE convenes partners around policy dialogue to determine how to best support each country collectively, based on agreed national priorities. It facilitates participation and accountability from all education stakeholders.

How we work


The GPE Charter enumerates 8 principles for the partnership:

  • Education as a public good, a human right and an enabler of other rights
  • Focusing our resources on securing learning, equity and inclusion for the most marginalized children and youth, including those affected by fragility and conflict
  • Achieving gender equality
  • Enabling inclusive, evidence-based policy dialogue that engages national governments, donors, civil society, teachers, philanthropy and the private sector
  • Providing support that promotes country ownership and nationally identified priorities, and is linked to country performance in achieving improved equity and learning
  • Improving development effectiveness by harmonizing and aligning aid to country systems
  • Promoting mutual accountability and transparency across the partnership
  • Acting on our belief that inclusive partnership is the most effective means of achieving development results

The GPE 2025 strategy is built around 4 principles for an effective partnership:

  • Increased decentralized mutual accountability
  • Rebalanced country-level model
  • Strengthened national government ownership and capacities
  • Reduced GPE processes and transaction costs

Lower-income countries

GPE works with more than 80 lower-income countries to help them build stronger, more effective education systems, and improve the volume, equity, and efficiency of domestic resources.

Partner countries join the partnership after developing a comprehensive education sector plan, endorsed by their partners. To receive GPE’s large-scale grants, governments must commit significant domestic funding to education.

Partner countries


Donors provide financial and technical assistance to help partner countries as they design and implement their education strategies.

Donors play a pivotal role in the coordination of partners in local education groups, and in the elaboration and monitoring of education strategies and programs.

Donors contribute funding to education on a bilateral basis and through the GPE Fund, and may act as GPE grant agents.

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Civil society

Civil society organizations (CSOs) help shape education policies, monitor programs and hold governments accountable for their duty to fulfill the right to education.

GPE works with CSO networks such as the Global Campaign for Education and Education International that help facilitate collaboration among organizations and strengthen national and global linkages.

GPE supports CSOs to be active members of local education groups, where they make meaningful contributions to policy discussions and education planning.

In the CSO constituency, GPE also works with youth advocates and networks to shape and influence education policies.

How we support civil society

Multilateral organizations

Multilateral organizations play a pivotal role in implementing education programs, supervising the implementation of GPE grants and the disbursement of funds.

They include development banks, such as the World Bank, African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, and Islamic Development Bank; and UN agencies, such as UNICEF, UNESCO and its institutes, UNHCR and the World Food Programme.

Multilateral organizations provide an unparalleled source of knowledge and expertise to help GPE achieve its objectives and monitor its impact. The World Bank is the host of the GPE Secretariat and acts as trustee for its fund.

Private sector

The business community has the specialized expertise, resources and networks to tackle some of the most urgent problems facing education systems in lower-income countries.

In line with our country ownership principle, GPE leverages the knowledge, skills and advocacy potential of corporate partners to accelerate progress on education goals, ensuring benefits for both lower-income countries and business partners.

GPE works with the Global Business Coalition for Education and other networks and associations to support the business community's involvement in the education sector.

Our work with the private sector

Private foundations

Philanthropic foundations provide a unique blend of strategic, technical and financial support for innovations leading to better education results in lower-income countries.

GPE works with philanthropic foundations to leverage their technical expertise and networks, catalyze advocacy and accountability, and crowd-in financing that leads to innovative and sustainable responses to education challenges.

GPE works with the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), Comic Relief, Dubai Cares, Conrad Hilton Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Porticus, and the Rockefeller Foundation.

Our work with foundations


GPE provides a platform and support for young people to realize their own ambitions for education transformation and to harness their passion to drive real change in global education.

The GPE Secretariat engages GPE youth leaders from our partner and donor countries around the world to help drive global change on education issues.

We work with young people as partners to: amplify their voices to decision-makers and the broader public; raise greater awareness of barriers to education and their solutions; increase the overall ambition of world leaders for financing education and supporting youth leaders to take action to influence governments, their own networks, and other decision-makers towards a better future for all in and through education.

Our Youth Leaders

Our strategy

GPE 2025 is the partnership’s strategic plan for 2021 to 2025. The strategy provides a platform to bring together GPE’s unique assets and ways of working in support of ambitious education transformation in the most vulnerable countries.

GPE 2025 is aligned and directly addresses SDG 4. Over the 2021-2025 period, GPE will accelerate children’s access to education while improving learning and catalyzing greater equity and gender equality.

GPE will pursue its vision, mission and goal through 3 country-level objectives:

  • Strengthen gender-responsive planning and policy development for system-wide impact
  • Mobilize coordinated action and financing to enable transformative change
  • Strengthen capacity, adapt and learn to implement and drive results at scale.

These objectives are supported by an enabling, global objective: to mobilize global and national partners and resources for sustainable results.

GPE 2025