Project profile — Global Partnership for Education


Global Partnership for Education c/o World Bank (47501)
2007-03-26 - 2014-03-31
Global Affairs Canada
MFM Global Issues & Dev.Branch

Country / region 

• Africa, regional (65.00%)
• America, regional (22.00%)
• Asia, regional (10.00%)
• Europe, regional (3.00%)


• Education policy and administrative management:
Education policy and administrative management (11110) (15.00%)
Teacher training (11130) (15.00%)
• Basic Education: Primary education (11220) (70.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


In order to achieve the second Millennium Development Goal (MDG 2 – achieve universal primary education by 2015), the Education For All – Fast Track Initiative (EFA-FTI) was launched in 2002. The creation of the EFA-FTI marked the first global compact on education with the aim of helping low-income countries accelerate progress towards universal primary education. In September 2011, the EFA-FTI changed its name to the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). The GPE is expected to support developing countries around the world to decrease the number of out-of-school children, increase school enrolment rates, especially among girls, improve primary completion rates, and increase domestic investment in education. In 2011, the GPE streamlined the Catalytic Fund (education plan implementation investments) and Education Program Development Fund (EPDF) (education plan development investments) into one fund, the GPE Fund, which reduces the administrative burden for both the GPE Secretariat and donors. The GPE Fund continues to offer grants for the development and subsequent implementation of education plans. As of 2011, financial support for the GPE Secretariat is also drawn from the GPE Fund.

Expected results 


Results achieved 

Results achieved as of 2013/14 include: The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) has worked closely with its partners to improve access to basic education for children in developing countries. It also works to ensure that children have better success in school. In GPE countries, the percentage of children completing primary school rose from 56% to 71% between 2000 and 2011. In the same period, the GPE has helped put 23 million more children in primary school decreasing the percentage of children who were out of school from 34% to 18%. 68% of girls in GPE countries now finish school, compared to 56% in 2002. In six GPE partner countries (The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Nepal, and Senegal) the literacy rate among young women increased by more than 15% between 2000 and 2010. The GPE has now endorsed Education Sector Plans or Interim Sector Plans in 58 countries. The developing country governments write the plans, and donors, the GPE, and civil society organizations ensure that their activities support the countries’ plan. This is aid effectiveness in action. The GPE has also been successful in encouraging developing country partner governments to increase their domestic budgets for education. These results have contributed to increasing progress toward the goal of achieving universal primary education for all.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Contributions to specific-purpose programmes and funds managed by implementing partners
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