Global Partnership for Education

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Global Partnership for Education is a multi-donor education fund that was formed by the World Bank in 2002 to raise and distribute money to developing countries.

It says its 'joint mission is to galvanize and coordinate a global effort to provide a good quality education to children, prioritizing the poorest and most vulnerable'.[1]


The Partnership is made up of the following members:

Private sector involvement

GPE says that it receives 'strategic, technical and fundraising advice' from private sector companies, think tanks and foundations. These players also helped GPE to expand what it does and to 'explore innovative opportunities' in education.

In 2014 it was reported that GPE was in the process of developing a new 'private sector engagement strategy' to help countries develop education plans that can supply the type of skilled workforce the private sector needs.[2]

Its website details the involvement of the only the following:

  • Pearson and Microsoft: GPE says that the two education technology companies pledged to provide a combined $30 million between 2012 and 2015 on education intiatives in developing country partners, including on 'school innovation' and the 'effective use of ICT' in schools.[3]
  • William and Flora Hewlett Foundation: GPE says that the Hewlett Foundation pledge to invest $36 million between 2012 and 2014 to 'improve civil society learning assessments' and 'training for teachers', as well as promoting 'global and national learning outcomes indicators'.[4]

Other companies that may have been involved with GPE, or as it was previously known the 'Education for All – Fast Track Initiative', include:

  • Cisco, Intel, Microsoft, Edelman and others 'strongly expressed their wish to explore effective ways of collaborating with the Fast Track Initiative in 2008 to help the government of Rwanda and others achieve their priorities in education.[5]




  1. About us, GPE website, accessed December 2015
  2. GPE to engage private sector for skills-oriented education, deveximpact website, 10 April 2014
  3. Private Sector and Foundations, GPE website, accessed December 2015
  4. Private Sector and Foundations, GPE website, accessed December 2015
  5. GEA and FTI Join Forces to Achieve EFA in Rwanda, GPE website, 25 January 2008