GPE 2020, the partnership's strategic plan, strengthens GPE's support to countries affected by fragility and conflict over the next five years.
In these countries, GPE adapts its approach to allow more flexibility, a faster response to address urgent needs, and optimized results. GPE aims to have education services restored as quickly as possible while laying the foundation to meet longer-term educational goals.
GPE finances education interventions that accompany children throughout a country's progress from preparedness through to recovery to reduce the impact of future crises. It recognizes that securing a continuum of education services across the divide between humanitarian and development interventions is crucial to maintaining progress.
GPE also promotes a foundation for better coordination and dialogue among development and humanitarian actors so that resources are used in the best way possible in crisis settings.
See the list of GPE partner countries affected by fragility and conflict
Number of GPE partner countries affected by fragility and conflict – 2002-2016
Source: GPE Secretariat, GEMR Conflict-Affected States, World Bank "Harmonized List of Fragile Situations"
GPE supports these countries with three mechanisms:
- Providing accelerated funding, which allows disbursement within eight weeks of up to 20% of a GPE grant. The use of funds is based on the education cluster needs assessment and agreed by the local education group and the education cluster. Activities can include temporary shelters, school meals and school supplies, as well as classroom construction, teacher remuneration and school grants.
- Supporting transitional education planning: GPE provides financial and technical support to help countries establish a transitional education plan. This forms the basis for a coordinated approach by identifying priority actions in the medium term to maintain progress toward ensuring the right to education and meeting longer-term educational goals.
- Developing an operational framework for effective support in countries affected by fragility and conflict: Under this policy GPE is able to redirect resources to priority activities arising from the emergency. These mechanisms ensure that GPE funding to the education sector does not stop when the emergencies strike and that partners can work together in identifying the most pressing needs and the best use of the funds.
These mechanisms ensure that GPE funding to the education sector does not stop when the emergencies strike and that partners can work together in identifying the most pressing needs and the best use of the funds.
GPE also actively supports Education Cannot Wait (ECW), a global fund to provide education in emergencies. GPE is working closely with the ECW Secretariat to establish a strong foundation and operational framework for the new fund.