Private sector

The business community, which brings strategic capabilities and philanthropic investment, is a valuable GPE partner.

Many in the business community share GPE’s vision of transformed education systems delivering quality education to all children.

Business community support can help speed and deepen this transformation. Businesses bring not only financial resources but also know-how and tools to help resolve some of the most stubborn education challenges.

For those new to the education space, GPE offers corporate social responsibility (CSR) and philanthropic investment entry points. For businesses already working in education, joining forces with GPE can mean expanded reach and heightened return.

The business community is an integral part of the GPE partnership, with longstanding representation on the Board of Directors. By working with GPE, the business community and private foundations join a range of partners focused on shared priorities and coordinated action, from ministries of education and local stakeholders to global development organizations such as UNICEF and the World Bank.

GPE provides financial and technical support to programs that address pivotal, far-reaching challenges at country level, defined by ministries of education and other national partners. For the business community and foundations, engagement opportunities with and through GPE fall into two main categories:

  • joining public-private partnerships
  • contributing financially to initiatives that advance countries’ education system transformation priorities.

Public-private partnerships

Apply strategic capabilities and other non-financial assets to pivotal education challenges

GPE coordinates two public-private partnerships, each focusing on areas of fundamental impact, reaching across entire national education systems. By joining these partnerships, the business community works with ministries of education, other companies, foundations and international development organizations to address two system-wide challenges in scores of countries:

  • Girls Education Awareness Program (GEAP): Leveraging the business community’s marketing and outreach capabilities to get more girls in school and learning: Girls are too often excluded from school due to harmful social norms such as early marriage and a preference to educate boys over girls. In addition, girls are typically excluded from studying science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The GEAP is a partnership with ministries of education through which companies bring marketing, advocacy and communications capabilities, as well as expertise in areas such as monitoring and evaluation, to help address these norms.
  • Education Data Leadership Program (EDLP): Applying business know-how to improving education management information systems. Good data that are comprehensible to and actionable by administrators make a fundamental difference—enabling improved evaluation of quality, reach and impact of education. That produces better decision making and improves resource allocation across education systems. But most lower-income countries lack good data systems.
    Through the EDLP, some of the world’s most data-savvy organizations support ministries’ efforts to increase their data management capacity, strengthen those systems and bring them up to date.

The GPE Match: Leverage GPE as an investment partner

Compounding the size and impact of philanthropic investments in education

GPE offers three ways for the business and philanthropic communities to trigger matching funds for their investments in education. The mechanism, called the GPE Match, applies only to the business community and private foundations—and is meant to incentivize and support work aligned with country priorities. There are three ways to trigger the Match.

  • Trigger a 1-to-1 match for programs in partner countries. When business partners invest in new approved initiatives in partner countries, GPE makes available 1:1 matching grants to support their implementation—the GPE Match. GPE plays a coordinating role ensuring strong communications among all partners. In-kind as well as financial contributions can qualify for a match.
  • Trigger a 1-to-1 match for a contribution to girls’ education. GPE has created a dedicated fund for girls’ education initiatives across the partnership, focused on countries with the furthest to go on gender equity: the Girls’ Education Accelerator. Business partners can have a direct impact on girls’ education by contributing financially through this initiative, which triggers a 1:1 match from the GPE Fund.
  • Trigger a 1-to-1 match for investments through the GPE Fund. Business partners can invest in the GPE Fund generally or earmark for a specific country or priority thematic area. Either way, investments get to the right places for the right priorities at the right times—focused on advancing countries’ national education strategies. By pooling investments through GPE, funding for those priorities is more impactful.


For information on joining a GPE initiative, please contact:

Randa Adechoubou
Lead, Private Sector Engagement

Minji Kim
Private Sector and Foundations Consultant
(Education Data Leadership Program)

Aparna Krishnamurthy
Private Sector and Foundations Specialist
(Girls' Education Awareness Program)

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