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Global Partnership for Education

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GPE continues to play a pivotal role on the international stage in galvanising the education sector and wider community to action for the delivery of quality education for all. GPE supports 89 of the world’s poorest countries to deliver education, the Partnership has truly global southern reach.

Oshun has been influential in enabling GPE to define its political outreach and replenishment strategies. We are currently working on GPE’s third replenishment campaign. Utilising and creating opportunities to gather key constituencies together to focus on education, GPE has propelled itself to the fore as one of the most important convenors and delivery agents for locally generated education plans.

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GPE Pledging Zone at First GPE Replenishment

Global Partnership for Education Replenishment

On June 25 and 26, 2014, GPE held its second Replenishment Pledging Conference in Brussels, hosted by the European Commission. The event gathered more than 800 participants from 91 countries who together made historic financial and policy commitments to education:

  • Developing country partners pledged a combined US$26 billion in domestic resources to basic education over 4 years. This exceeds by far the expected outcome of US$16 billion.
  • Donor partners pledged US$2.1 billion in Brussels, which represents 60% of the target of US$3.5 billion. Other donor pledges are expected over the replenishment period.
  • CIFF and Dubai Cares are the first private sector entities to contribute to the GPE Fund.
  • The Islamic Development Bank pledged US$400 million in loan buy-down, an innovative financing mechanism not yet used elsewhere in the education sector.

Oshun developed the strategy and delivery plans for this replenishment, which was larger in ambition than the first GPE replenishment in 2011.   

GPE’s first replenishment

In November 2011 leaders from over 52 countries gathered in Copenhagen for the first ever pledging and replenishment conference for the Global Partnership for Education.   GPE, formally known as the Education for All – Fast track Initiative was rebranded and relaunched in the margins of the UN General Assembly in September 2011.

In a lively day some 400 education specialists took over a disused warehouse in Copenhagen’s docks to pledge their commitment to education.  GPE raised $1.5bn for their Fund, however the commitments to education more broadly exceeded this, with $2bn of new commitments from Southern Governments, alongside renewed political commitment to deliver education particularly for girls and in fragile and conflict-affected environments.

Education in UNGA margins 

Oshun was involved in the following key moments at 68th UN General Assembly, 2013:

  • Organised ‘Learning for All’ ministerial negotiations  to accelerate access to education, and quality outcomes in Afghanistan, Burma, Chad, East Timor, Pakistan and Somalia.
  • ‘Education Cannot Wait’ – Building on last year’s ministerial to focus on delivering education in the most challenging environments.
  • Global Education First Initiative Anniversary.
  • Learning Metrics Taskforce report launch.
  • Global Education First Initiative, Second Anniversary.
  • No Lost Generation – initiative to deliver education for Syria’s children.

 

67th UN General Assembly, 2012:

  • Organised ‘Delivering Quality Education in Emergencies’.
  • Advisor to steering committee for Global Education First Initiative launch.

 

66th UN General Assembly, 2011:

  • Rebrand and launch of the Global Partnership for Education.

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Date: June 28, 2015