The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) is a partnership and fund dedicated to transforming education. GPE brings together developing countries, donors, international organizations, civil society, teacher organizations, the private sector and private foundations in pursuit of GPE’s vision: a quality education for every child.
GPE is governed by a Board of Directors with representation from all these stakeholder groups. Most partner organizations and entities engaging in GPE processes at country level are part of a constituency represented on the Board of Directors, and hence have a share in the ownership of GPE.
The GPE Charter is the foundation for the partnership. It sets out the GPE Compact, established in 2002 following the development consensus reached in Monterrey. The GPE Compact links increased, harmonized and more aligned donor support for education to partner countries’ policy performance and accountability for results. The general principles of the Charter are the foundation of GPE strategic plans, as well as participation and accountability policies for GPE partners.
The Charter is complemented by an Accountability Matrix, which summarizes accountabilities related to key roles within GPE.
The GPE Secretariat carries out the day-to-day business of GPE, serving the interests of the partnership as a whole. The Secretariat is hosted by the World Bank in Washington, D.C., with offices also in Paris and Brussels. The GPE Secretariat does not have a presence in partner countries. Focal points (‘country team leads’) based in DC or Paris guide and facilitate GPE’s support to countries.
At country level, GPE is manifested in inclusive coordination bodies established by partner country governments and their partners. These are referred to as ‘local education groups’. Generally, they are composed of the government, development partners and other stakeholders such as civil society and teacher representatives. The specific composition, title and working arrangements of local education groups vary from country to country.
GPE supports the achievement of SDG 4, to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
As a fund, GPE mobilizes and delivers funding to countries most in need of education support.
As a partnership, GPE convenes partners around policy dialogue to determine how to best support each country, collectively and through agreed, evidence-based national priorities.
GPE’s strategic plan sets out the work of GPE in more detail. The strategy for 2021-2025 (GPE 2025) is based on broad consultation with stakeholders under the guidance of the GPE Board of Directors.
The GPE Board of Directors has adopted four principles for effective partnership. These are:
These principles inform GPE’s strategic plan and are embedded in the strategic objectives. Translating these principles into practice requires commitment and efforts from partners both at global and country level. By assessing actions, behaviors and efforts against these principles, all stakeholders can help ensure GPE adapts and learns to improve partnership effectiveness.