The GPE Financing Conference will gather developing and donor countries, multilateral organizations, civil society, private sector, and philanthropic foundations in Dakar. It will be the first time a donor and developing country co-host such an event, symbolizing the spirit of true partnership, which is the essence of GPE.


Please note that the GPE Financing Conference is by invitation only. The event will be livestreamed on this site’s homepage.

February 1, 2018 – Partnership Day

Venue: Radisson Blu Hotel, Dakar

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07.00             Registration

09.00 – 09.15 Welcome [Adansonia and Mermoz Rooms]

09.15 – 15.30 Partnership Platform I : Series of short events hosted by GPE Partners [Adansonia Room]

09.15 – 15.30 Partnership Platform II : Series of short events hosted by GPE Partners [Mermoz Room]

15.30 – 16.00 Coffee Break

16.00 – 17.30 Education Dialogue : Equity and Inclusion [Adansonia Room]

16.00 – 17.30 Education Dialogue : Improved and More Equitable Learning Outcomes [Mermoz Room]

18.30 – 21.00 Official reception hosted by the Government of Senegal at the Museum of African Art (IFAN)

February 2, 2018 –  More and Better Finance

Venue: CIDAD, Dakar

08.50                     Performance

09.00                     Welcome by moderator Henry Bonsu

09.03                    Youth Declaration

09.08                     Welcome from Co-Hosts
Hon. Serigne Mbaye Thiam, Minister of National Education, Senegal
Hon. Jean-Michel Blanquer, Minister for National Education, France

09.20                     Keynote Address: Hon. Julia Gillard, Board Chair Global Partnership for Education: ‘Financing Education to Achieve Learning’ followed by discussion

09.50                    Financing the Global Partnership for Education : Announcing commitments #1

10h45 – 11h15    Coffee Break

11h15                     Education Dialogue : Education as the foundation for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

11h45                    Financing the Global Partnership for Education : Announcing commitments #2

12h45 – 13h45  Lunch. Heads of Delegation invited to VIP lunch on the ‘Data Challenge’

14h00                  High Level Segment featuring UN Secretary General António Guterres (TBC) ; H.E. President Macky Sall, H.E. President Emmanuel Macron, Hon. Julia Gillard

16.00 – 17.00     Reception


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