UK announces £212 million (US$286 million) for girls education

The Department for International Development (DFID) launched phase two of its Girls Education Challenge Fund (GEC) during the Commonwealth Heads of State meetings in London. The GEC phase two aims to allow 920,000 girls to complete primary and secondary school and provide literacy, numeracy, and vital life skills to 53,000 highly marginalized adolescent girls in Commonwealth countries. The program will also launch a Policy Lab to promote UK expertise in education. 

Press release - UK government

United Kingdom Education

France and India reinforce partnership

During a state visit to India, French President Emmanuel Macron reiterated the partnership between the two countries by highlighting various areas of collaboration and alignment, including security and defense, nuclear energy, space missions, education, and culture. He also noted the cooperation in the fight against climate change, notably on renewable energy, smart cities and mobility, and he commemorated the launch of  projects under the International Solar Alliance.

Macron and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi additionally jointly expressed a common interest in extending their collaboration in international development in Africa, particularly with initiatives such as capacity-building programs and the joint implementation of projects on the ground.

Joint statement - Elysée (in French)

France Education

Global Citizenship Education in Europe report launched

CONCORD, the NGO platform representing 2,800 development NGOs across Europe, has launched a Global Citizenship Education (GCE) report based on research conducted across the EU and Norway.

The report details GCE funding in Europe from 2011- 2015 and analyzes why national government investment remains limited, despite the importance of GCE to current global challenges. The report recommends that GCE be mapped and defined; that GCE funding structures and financial instruments include flexibility and a long-term vision; an active liaison between the development and education sectors; and the creation of a multi-stakeholder platform at national, European, and international levels to develop a multi-stakeholder, cross-sectoral strategic framework with NGOs as critical partners and mediators.

Press release - CONCORD 


EU Education

Japan announces ¥300 million grant to Samoa for teaching materials

Japan will contribute ¥300 million (US$2.8 million) to Samoa for equipment to produce textbooks and other teaching supplies. The equipment is expected to ensure greater access to education materials for primary school students to strengthen the quality of education and contribute to social and economic development in the Pacific-island country.

Press release – MOFA (in Japanese)

Japan Education

Norway pledges US$238 million to the Global Partnership for Education

At the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) replenishment conference in Dakar, the Norwegian Minister of International Development, Nikolai Astrup, pledged US$238 million and encouraged other donors to increase their donations. The contribution made by Norway aims to ensure that 1.7 million teachers are educated and 19 million children graduate from primary school. The pledge is for the period 2018-2020, and is US$75 million larger than the country’s previous pledge.

Press release – Norwegian government (in Norwegian)

Norway Education

DFID updates education strategy

The Department for International Development (DFID) has published a new education strategy document calling on national and international leaders to ensure the most disadvantaged children are not left behind. The new policy, entitled 'DFID Education Policy: Get Children Learning', outlines three main priorities: investing in good teaching, promoting system reform, and prioritizing the most marginalized to ensure access to quality education.

Press release – UK government

United Kingdom Education

UK pledges US$295 million to Global Partnership for Education

The UK has committed £225 million (US$295 million) to the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) during the GPE replenishment conference in Dakar. While this represents nearly a 50% increase in the UK’s annual contribution, some advocates have expressed disappointment, as the overall target of £2 billion ($3.1 billion) for 2018-2020 was not met, and many pressed for a larger UK commitment.

News article - Devex

Press release - UK government 

United Kingdom Education

France pledges €200 million to GPE and €100 million in bilateral assistance towards education

At the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) replenishment conference France raised its contribution to the partnership from €17 million (US$19 million) to €200 (US$221 million), elevating it to fourth-largest donor after the European Union, the United Kingdom, and Norway.

President Emmanuel Macron pledged an additional €100 million (US$110 million) in bilateral assistance towards education. The sum will be managed by French Development Agency (AFD), and will aim to help fragile states in the Sahel region. Macron also used the opportunity to emphasize his priority of improving education for girls, and consequently allowing them to decide their own futures.

He argued the need for actors beyond governments to invest in education, suggesting companies invest one euro in education for every euro they spend on private investments.

News article - Le Monde (in French)

France Education

GPE Financing Conference draws worldwide support and US$2.3 billion in funding

At the recent Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Financing Conference, co-hosted by Senegal and France, pledges reached a combined sum of US$2.3 billion, a marked increase from the US$1.3 billion contributed over the past three years.  Nonetheless, commitments fell short of the targeted US$3.1 billion.

The conference drew 1,200 participants, including heads of state, ministers, leaders from organizations such as UNICEF and UNESCO, and even the popstar Rihanna in her role as GPE’s Global Ambassador.

The largest source of financing came from developing nations themselves, with combined national increases in public funding for education reaching US$110 billion for the period 2018-2020. Beyond that, a series of substantial pledges came from donor countries, including:

  • A$90 million (US$68 million) commitment from Australia, in line with the country's goal of ensuring increasing numbers of children have access to education.
  • CAD180 million (US$138 million) from Canada, aimed at improving education for girls. An additional CAD59 million (US$45 million) was announced in funding to improve the public education system in Burkina Faso.
  • DKK1.2 billion (US$178 million) from Denmark to be provided over the period 2018-2021.
  • In a first for the GPE, an Arab and Middle East nation became a donor, with the United Arab Emirates pledging US$100 million.
  • €100 million (US$110 million) from the European Union, on top of a €375 million (US$414 million) pledge from 2014.
  • €25 million (US$27 million) from Ireland, doubling its previous pledge 
  • NOK2 billion (US$238 million) for the period 2018-2020 from Norway, with particular emphasis being placed on the inclusion of girls in education.

Press release - GPE 

Press release - GPE 

Global Education

Australia contributes A$70 million to Global Partnership for Education

Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has announced a contribution of A$90 million (US$67 million) to the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). Bishop noted that the GPE had allocated over A$1 billion (US$743 million) since 2015 in support of children’s education in countries in the Indo-Pacific region.

Australia’s former prime minister, Julia Gillard, is chair of the GPE board. Advocacy for GPE included a Twitter appeal by singer Rihanna to the prime minister of Australia to support girl’s education by donating to the GPE.

The commitment was part of the 2018 to 2020 financing cycle for the GPE. Total donor commitments reached US$2.3 billion.

Press release – Foreign Minister 

Australia Education