New Name, New Start: The Global Partnership for Education
September 21, 2011 Source: ONE Blog
Launched in 2002 by the World Bank and other donors, the Education for All - Fast Track Initiative (FTI) was the first-ever global compact on education. Today, FTI changed its name to the Global Partnership for Education, providing a clear vision of the Partnership's structure.
The rebranding follows significant reforms (to the fund, the secretariat, accountability measures and results framework) that will make the Partnership more effective than ever. It's completely appropriate that "partnership" is in the name -- it's a unique organization that coordinates bilateral and multilateral funding for education, and works with donors and developing countries.
The Global Partnership model requires developing country partners (there are currently 44) to develop national education plans and mobilize domestic resources to fund them. Then, it helps fill the gaps. This structure encourages developing countries to approve plans and invest in education. Partner countries increased education spending an average of 6 to 9 percent every year from 2000 to 2005, and are currently paying for 70 to 80 percent of the cost of their education sector programs.
Though the Global Partnership is a comparatively small multilateral mechanism, having disbursed approximately $2 billion since 2002, it has helped put more than 19 million African children in school -- and an impressive 62 percent of them were girls. In additional to hiring teachers and building classrooms, partner countries on average halve repetition rates in 3 to 5 years. Primary completion rates in partner have increased rapidly (from 60 percent in 2002 to 72 percent in 2009). Repetition and completion are major indicators of education quality - these results show that the Global Partnership model is working.
The Global Partnership will continue its efforts to achieve Education for All by focusing on girls, fragile states and improving education quality. The world made a promise to achieve Millennium Development Goal 2, Universal Primary Education, by 2015 and the Global Partnership is a key partner in keeping it.
In this tough global financial landscape, the Global Partnership's funding and coordination will be more important than ever, critical so that developing country partners are able to continue to expand and improve their education systems, providing a brighter future for children around the world.
Congratulations to the Global Partnership for Education -- we can't wait to what you do next! Check out the new look of education and keep up with the Global Partnership by following @AllKidsLearn on Twitter