Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What does the Global Partnership for Education fund?
  2. Who is eligible for the Global Partnership's funding?
  3. What doesn't the Global Partnership fund?
  4. Does the Global Partnership for Education fund non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or civil society organizations?

What does the Global Partnership for Education fund?

The following activities are eligible for financial support from the Global Partnership for Education:

Through GPE grants:

  • Development and revision of the education sector plan of an eligible developing country.
  • Development of a program to implement the education sector plan of an eligible developing country.
  • Support for the implementation of the education sector plan of a partner developing country.

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Through the Global and Regional Activities program (GRA):

  • Knowledge initiatives and programs that address GPE's thematic areas and enhance the capacity of developing country partners to meet their education goals.
  • Activities enabling scale-up of identified good practices relevant to GPE partners.

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Through the Civil Society Education Fund (CSEF):

  • Activities to build the capacity of civil society organizations (CSOs) to develop, monitor, and evaluate education sector plans.
  • Activities that strengthen CSO engagement in policy discussions, and strengthen their role to build consensus around education sector plans.
  • Programs for CSO training in project development, finance management, policy-oriented research, budget work, and campaign design.

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Who is eligible for the Global Partnership's funding?

The following countries are eligible to receive GPE grants:
  • Low-income countries,
  • Lower-middle income countries with GNI per capita below US$2,560 and a primary completion rate lower than 85%,
  • IDA eligible small island and small landlocked developing states with a population of less than one million.

The Global Partnership for Education provides grant funding through grant agents who oversee implementation by the government of a partner developing country of programs in support of its national education plan. In some cases, the grant agents may directly implement activities.

In addition, national civil society education coalitions are eligible to receive support through the Civil Society Education Fund. These funds are currently administered by the Global Campaign for Education.

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What doesn't the Global Partnership fund?

The Global Partnership for Education does not fund:
  • Grants to individuals such as scholarships, other types of grants in support of college funding, or any grant for personal purposes
  • Projects implemented by individuals or civil society organizations beyond the activities described in question 1.

Does the Global Partnership for Education fund non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or civil society organizations?

Through the Civil Society Education Fund, the Global Partnership for Education supports national civil society education coalitions in developing countries.

The CSEF provides grant funding to coalitions that support the right to education, among other criteria.

For more information on eligibility, visit the Global Campaign for Education website.