Jan 2015 – Dec 2018

Global Partnership for Education



Multiple countries – Global

To encourage results-based funding for learning outcomes and improve education for adolescent girls.

$22,000,000 Multi-Year Grant Value

Once children are in school, the next challenge is to ensure that they are actually learning to read, write and count, and acquiring the skills they will need to lead productive lives. 

This grant will help improve education for adolescent girls, in particular around the transition between primary and lower-secondary school and focus on interventions to keep girls in school to complete a secondary education at a critical age when many girls drop out.

Our initial funding commitment was made at the Global Partnerships' Replenishment Pledging Conference in Brussels in July 2014. The event gathered more than 800 participants from 91 countries who together made historic financial and policy commitments to education. CIFF and Dubai Cares are the first private sector entities to contribute to the GPE Fund. 

CIFF's funding has two main objectives.

The first is to improve education for adolescent girls. Specifically, the funds will support planning and innovative policy solutions to increase the number of adolescent girls moving into secondary education. This will allow governments to better plan for gender equality and build their capacity to address barriers which prevent adolescent girls from completing their education. The more education girls get, the less the likelihood of early marriage and teenage pregnancy. The funding is results-based and payments will reward improvements in girls’ education outcomes.

The second is to encourage education systems to measure learning outcomes. Funds will be disbursed as part of GPE grants, conditional upon improving learning outcomes. We will also support recipient countries to develop systems that measure learning outcomes.


The aim is also to have more developing countries align their external and domestic funding to raising learning outcomes, rather than just increasing enrolment.

An announcement about CIFF's funding was made in July 2016. You can read about the announcement here.

Girl solves a math problem on a board

Photo credit: Deepa Srikantaiah / Global Partnership for Education