Private Sector

Partnership with the business community can make a pivotal difference in resolving education sector bottlenecks that are getting in the way of delivering quality education to every child.

GPE is well-positioned to leverage private sector expertise and give the sector a stronger voice in country policy and planning processes as well as through engagements in global forums and multi-stakeholder initiatives.

Industry partnerships, business associations and individual businesses are encouraged to share their expertise and resources to help transform education systems for the 21st century and identify innovative solutions to advance quality learning opportunities for all children.

How the private sector contributes to GPE’s mission

The private sector is uniquely positioned to help address the many challenges faced by the education sector. For example, corporate social responsibility initiatives can help define solutions for the effective delivery of education content and services and relevant links can be developed between education and job opportunities.

GPE seeks to mobilize partners to act on the belief that inclusive collaboration is the most effective means of achieving development results. Private sector partners can engage in GPE both at global and country level.

Through representation on the GPE Board of Directors, private sector representatives provide input and views on GPE’s strategies, policies and practices; contribute to oversight of progress on GPE’s strategic plan; and ensure that GPE is shaping and responding to the global debate on education.

In GPE partner countries, the participation and engagement of private sector partners in local education groups can help strengthen education systems and enable effective delivery of equitable education services.

Examples of private sector country-level engagement

Many GPE partner countries engage the business community alongside development partners to address systemic challenges, including through financing. The private sector can support system-level impact through inclusion in country-level dialogue, which can be instrumental in unblocking challenges.

They can also fund frontier research and technology-focused diagnosis of sector challenges, and support governments to strengthen policy and regulatory environments for private sector participation in education.

Private sector accountability in GPE

Private sector partner engagement in GPE is governed by the GPE Charter, the GPE Corporate Engagement Principles, Guidelines for Business Engagement and GPE’s Private Sector Engagement Strategy.

In 2019, GPE’s Board of Directors adopted an Accountability Matrix to clarify what is expected from different GPE stakeholders and enable the partnership to achieve its vision and goals.

Private sector engagement in practice

There are various ways to connect with GPE processes in a specific country. See some suggestions.

By studying the country’s education sector plan as well as grant documents for GPE grants and other key documents outlining national education priorities, private sector partners can identify potential areas for alignment of corporate social responsibility priorities and social impact partnerships.