United States

View the United States priority areas for development cooperation in education along with its contributions to the GPE Fund

Partner since
GPE focal point
Coordinating agency
Board constituency
Donor 6
Pledge for 2018-2020 replenishment
US$352,500,000 *
Share of 2018-2020 pledges
Total contributions to GPE
Share of total contributions

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Aid to education

While the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as well as the United States Department of State maintain primary authority over US bilateral development assistance, the US Treasury handles US contributions to multilateral development banks.

The United States is the largest provider of Official Development Assistance (ODA) for direct aid to basic education, with USAID responsible for the majority of bilateral US international education assistance.

The US directs the largest portion of its bilateral education ODA to the poorest countries. In 2017, the top recipients of basic education ODA disbursement were: Pakistan, Jordan, Malawi, Ethiopia, South Sudan.

*This amount is the enacted level but awaiting delivery of the contribution.

Michelle Bekkering, Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator, United States Agency for International Development. Photo credit: GPE/Heather Shuker
We will continue our work with GPE to deliver results, to promote innovation, to improve learning outcomes and to reach the most marginalized, especially girls and children with disabilities.
Michelle Bekkering
Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment, United States Agency for International Development
February 2018

The United States and GPE

The United States is a member of the Grants and Performance Committee and is highly involved with GPE processes and local education groups in a number of partner countries.

Last updated October 22, 2020