The Global Partnership for Education
The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) is the only multilateral partnership focused on ensuring all children have access to a quality education. GPE is an innovative and effective model, bringing together civil society, private sector, donor governments and 59 low-income countries to achieve the Education for All goals by supporting the development of and funding ambitious national education strategies. GPE is a vital mechanism to align and harmonize all aid flows to education and help fill the financing gap to ensure that the hardest to reach children are given the chance to go to school and learn once they reach the classroom.
Since 2002, GPE has raised $3.5 billion to help the world's neediest children get a quality education. It has supported an additional 23 million children to attend and remain in better equipped and supported schools. In GPE countries, the primary school completion rate rose from 56 percent to 71 percent between 2000 and 2010 and the number of out of school children fell from 34 to 18 percent. It is expected to fall to 12 percent by 2020. In addition, the share of government expenditures in GPE countries allocated to education increased from 17 percent in 2000 to 19.4 percent in 2011 and represented 5.8 percent of GDP in 2011 against 3.8 percent in 2000. Increasing developing countries’ domestic financing for their own education systems is key to GPE’s model.
For every additional $1 million invested in GPE:
By prioritizing children in conflict-affected and fragile states, girls, basic literacy and numeracy skills, teacher effectiveness, and domestic and external funding to education, GPE is tackling the most pressing issues in global education today.
In November 2011, partners gathered for GPE’s replenishment conference. Despite holding a seat on the Board of Directors, the United States had never contributed to the Global Partnership for Education — until this conference. There, the United States made its first-ever pledge of $20 million to the GPE.
This was a significant first step for the United States. However, the $20 million represents only 2.5 percent of the U.S.’s basic education development program in 2012, which totaled $800 million. Even further, the U.S. still lagged far behind other donor countries in its commitment to multilateral support of global education. For example, the UK and Australia pledged $352 million and $278 million, respectively. Even countries such as Denmark and the Netherlands, whose GDPs are only 2-6 percent that of the U.S., stepped up and pledged $201 million and $167 million, respectively.
With over 30 countries expected to apply for $1.3 billion in support in 2013, support for GPE is needed now more than ever before.
In September 2013, the Global Partnership for Education announced that its next donor pledging conference will be in Brussels in June 2014. This conference is a significant opportunity for the U.S. to show leadership on education. Advocating for a robust, multiyear pledge from the United States government to GPE at the replenishment conference will be a top priority for RESULTS in 2014.
Global Fund for Education
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