Girls' Education Challenge
The Girls' Education Challenge (GEC) will help up to a million of the world’s poorest girls improve their lives through education and find better ways of getting girls in school and ensuring they receive a quality of education to transform their future.
For DFID funding information visit the DFID Funding Finder
The GEC was launched in 2012 and will disburse £300 million to 37 individual projects across 18 countries. For detailed information on the GEC programme, see our development tracker.
These projects were selected through an open and transparent process and assessed for their ability to implement new and effective ways to get girls into school, keep them there and make sure they receive a good quality education in ways which are sustainable beyond the GEC funding.
On 7 July the Secretary of State for International Development announced £100 million of further funding for the Girls’ Education Challenge. This provides an exciting opportunity to continue the work which supports some of the world’s most marginalised girls and to stretch our ambition to ‘leave no one behind’.
Details of the application process here: leave no girl behind (PDF, 995KB, 2 pages)
Countries in which the GEC is being implemented
Progress to date - February 2016
The GEC portfolio of projects
The projects were selected under 3 funding windows:
- Step Change: scaling up successful interventions that are already having a positive impact
- Innovation: applying new interventions such as technological innovations, developing new partnerships, adapting proven solutions for new geographies, communities or age groups
- Strategic partnerships: creating new partnerships with the private sector including: Discovery Communications, The Coca Cola Company, Avanti Communication and Ericsson.
The GEC projects and partnerships are implementing a diverse range of interventions to provide girls with access to education, materials, safe spaces to learn and a ‘voice’. They are helping to mobilise and build capacity within governments, communities and schools, training and mentoring teachers, governers and community leaders. Projects are targeting marginalised girls, disabled girls and migrant communities, with more than half of the target group living in high-risk and conflict-affected environments such as Afghanistan, Somalia and South Sudan.
Project Profile booklet
Information on the 37 projects funded by the GEC can be found in this Project Profile booklet
PDF, 1.98MB, 42 pages
Stories from some of the projects can be found in this Case Study document
PDF, 2.17MB, 30 pages
PDF, 3.08MB, 62 pages
Video: The Girls’ Education Challenge in Uganda
Baseline survey report on marginalised girls and their communities
A new report (Knowledge of learning levels, including in conflict affected countries) is available outlining the findings of the GEC baseline surveys, which surveyed over 70,000 girls across 18 countries.
The full report outlines separately the baselines surveys for the:
Strategic Partnerships Window (PDF, 2.62MB, 92 pages)
Step change project window (PDF, 9.44MB, 597 pages)
Innovation project window (PDF, 7.84MB, 333 pages)
Process Review Report: February 2016 (PDF, 869KB, 68 pages)
Process Review brief: February 2016 (PDF, 701KB, 4 pages)
Girls’ Education Challenge: project portfolio booklet (PDF, 1.98MB, 42 pages)
- GEC project information
DFID's approach to value for money (PDF, 77.3KB, 15 pages)
- DFID pilots payment by results
- Discovery Strategic Partnership press release
- Coca Cola Strategic Partnership press release
about Strategic Partnerships (PDF, 423KB, 2 pages)
Strategic Partnerships FAQs (PDF, 113KB, 14 pages)
- Centre for Education Innovations
Girls' Education Challenge: Step Change projects (PDF, 173KB, 2 pages)
Girls’ Education Challenge: Innovation projects (PDF, 171KB, 2 pages)
Girls’ Education Challenge: Case Studies (PDF, 2.17MB, 30 pages)
- Narrow Windows, Revolving Doors: What affects adolescent girls’ ability to stay in school? – Research report March 2016 (PDF, 1.61MB, 91 pages)
- keeping marginalised girls in school by economically empowering their parents
- it’s all about the kids: Bringing Columbia’s Escuela Nueva approach to Zambian classrooms
- christmas wishes and sustainable goals through 2030
The Girls’ Education Challenge has a zero tolerance policy on misconduct, including mistreatment of individuals and misappropriation of funds. If you would like more information on the whistle-blowing mechanism, or to report misconduct please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The e-mail account is accessible only by a small number of individuals who have been trained on the requirement to keep the information confidential. We will follow up matters on an anonymous basis and are committed to investigate claims thoroughly and fairly.
The GEC is managed by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in alliance with FHI 360, Nathan Associates Ltd. and Social Development Direct Ltd.
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Published: 26 March 2013
Updated: 10 October 2016
- Leave no girl behind document published.
- Process Review brief: February 2016 and Process Review Report: February 2016 added
- Strategic Partnerships Window : Baseline Report added
- Profiles booklet updated (March 2015) and Case Studies booklet added
- updated version of Girls’ Education Challenge – project portfolio booklet added
- Minor change made to Project Profiles document - 6 May 2014
- Attachment added: Girls’ Education Challenge – project portfolio booklet
- Small changes to text, revised version of GEC - Innovation projects document, slightly revised map
- Images and links added to the page
- Strategic partnership and Innovation window text updated. List of Innovation Window projects added
- First published.