Australia and the Global Partnership for Education

Australia’s contributions to the GPE Fund

The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) supports developing countries to ensure that every child receives a quality basic education, prioritising the poorest, most vulnerable and those living in fragile and conflict-affected countries.

The GPE Fund provides the finance for GPE’s activities, which are carried out in conjunction with developing country governments through co-financing arrangements and the provision of grants.

According to DFAT, Australia contributed AU$340.8 million to the fund between 2007 and 2014.

In June 2014, Australia pledged AU$140 million for GPE’s 2015-2018 replenishment. This was close to a halving of the AU$270 million commitment that Australia had made to the previous replenishment for the period 2011-2014. The cuts in GPE contributions reflected the overall aid cuts in Australia.

In February 2018, Australia again reduced its contribution to GPE’s replenishment, pledging AU$90 million for the period 2018-2020.

In supporting GPE’s latest financing campaign to raise at least US$5 billion over 5 years, Australia has so far pledged AU$180 million that covers the period 2021-2025, with a strong focus on the Indo-Pacific region and girls’ education. Australia is ranked as the 8th largest bilateral government donor in this round of financing.

The chart below shows Australia’s contributions to the GPE over time.