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Aid to education

The Department for International Development (DFID) is responsible for managing U.K. development policy. DFID is among the largest funders of primary education in the OECD DAC.

The priorities for the U.K.’s development cooperation in education are:

  • Access to a basic education cycle of primary and lower secondary, particularly in countries affected by fragility and conflict
  • Girls’ education and their transition to secondary schooling
  • Quality of teaching and learning, particularly for basic literacy and numeracy
  • Skills to link young people to opportunities, jobs and growth

In 2017, the top recipients of basic education ODA disbursement were: Bangladesh, Jordan, Lebanon, Pakistan and Tanzania.

Penny Mordaunt, Secretary of State for International Development, UK. Photo credit: GPE/Heather Shuker
We believe in the Global Partnership for Education, which is why the UK has made the largest overall contribution to it for the last 15 years...Unless every child can reach their full potential, humanity never will.
Penny Mordaunt
Former U.K. Secretary of State for International Development – February 2018

The United Kingdom and GPE

The United Kingdom sits on the Strategy and Impact Committee and the Coordinating Committee. The U.K. chairs the Grants and Performance Committee.


Last updated January 31, 2020