Global Business Coalition for Education

Original Research

GBC-Education acts as a platform and forum to convey private sector perspectives on cutting-edge issues in the education sector through the production of reports and policy briefs on select topics with big impact.


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Investing Smart, Investing Early: A Business Guide to Early Childhood Development in Kenya

Released April 2017                                                                                                   GBC-Education has released a report which focuses specifically on business support for early childhood development (ECD) in Kenya. This builds on GBC-Education's business case for early childhood development, as described in the report "Opportunities for Impact" (2016). This guide outlines the early childhood investment case for the business community and provides concrete policies and guidelines that can allow companies to do more to effectively invest in the early years.


Opportunities for Impact: Business Case for Engaging in Early Childhood Development

Released June 2016

GBC-Education has released a report which details why businesses should invest in early childhood development (ECD), a holistic approach encompassing child and maternal health, early learning, childcare, and nutrition throughout a period spanning from pregnancy to primary school — the most critical time period for a child’s physical, cognitive, linguistic, and socio-emotional development. This report also details opportunities for businesses to engage in ECD.



Exploring the Potential of Technology to Deliver Education & Skills to Syrian Refugee Youth

Released February 2016

GBC-Education released a working paper that highlights emerging thinking on the critical role that technology can play in enabling access to affordable, relevant, and quality education for Syrian youth displaced by conflict. The paper also details how technology can help youth overcome barriers to the development of relevant skills required by a 21st century workforce.



Launching a Global Education Platform: Lessons and Recommendations from the India Pilot

Released January 2016

GBC-Education's Global Education Platform released a report following the initiative’s pilot writing contest, #YourStoryIndia. Inside, the report outlines five potential next steps for the initiative in order to address the global skills crisis, emphasizing the role of technology in education in emergencies. The report will be submitted to the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity.



The Journey of a Girl: Opportunities for Business Investment in Girls' Education

Released October 2015

Released on the International Day of the Girl Child, ‘The Journey of a Girl’ shows how businesses must invest at every stage of a girl’s education journey to overcome the many barriers that keep her from reaching her full potential. This working paper, commissioned by GBC-Education, surveyed 32 companies investing in girls’ education, and found that while there is a strong focus on empowering girls in the secondary years, less than 10% of corporate education budgets are directed to pre-primary education.



Safe Schools Initiative: Protecting the Right to Learn in Nigeria

Released May 2014; Updated October 2015

Since Safe Schools Nigeria was originally published in the spring of 2014, more than $30 million has been mobilized to protect schools in Northeast Nigeria. To date, nearly 50,000 Nigerian children displaced from their homes by Boko Haram have benefited from student transfer programs, school reconstruction programs, or education strategies within IDP camps organized by the Safe Schools Initiative.

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Scaling Up to Reach One Million Refugee Children: Accelerating Progress on Education for Syrian Refugees in Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon

Released September 2015

In collaboration with the Global Business Coalition for Education, A World at School, and Theirworld, education experts unveiled a sweeping plan to get more than one million Syrian refugee children into school in Jordan, Turkey, and Lebanon. To read the individual reports:

  • Click here for Turkey
  • Click here for Jordan
  • Click here for Lebanon


Strong Schools and Communities Initiative: Working Together to Build Safe Schools and Protective Learning Environments

Released September 2015

In partnership with UNICEF and A World at School, the new Strong Schools and Communities Initiative will explore opportunities for school communities, national authorities, and the private sector to strengthen programs that protect learning environments and promote an open dialogue among communities throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. This report documents the plight of school children in the region, home to the highest rate of armed violence in the world, and identifies how the initiative will inform policies and programs that the government can utilize to create safe schools.



Investing in Education: Lessons from the Business Community

Released April 2015

To help provide insights on the variety of ways businesses can support the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda, GBC-Education and the UN Global Compact developed this publication featuring a diverse set of responsible investments in education by six GBC-Education member companies and a new framework that combines and builds upon two guidance documents. It also shares lessons that can inspire other businesses to support the education targets for the next 15 years.


Safe Schools Initiative: Protecting the Right to Learn in Pakistan

Released February 2015

Over the past four decades, Pakistan has experienced more attacks on education than any country in the world. As the Pakistani government works to ensure schools are safe for all children, this paper outlines 15 best practices building on global expertise and experience. The best practices are intended to complement and support current government activities; to highlight proven measures to make schools safe; and to serve as a basis for a framework to build school and community based interventions to promote safe schools in Pakistan with support from the international community.




Ebola Emergency: Restoring Education, Creating Safe Schools and Preventing a Long-term Crisis 

Released November 2014

Education has been one of the first casualties of the Ebola outbreak. Nearly five million children were out of school due to Ebola-related school closures in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone - many indefinitely. Students who fall behind for a year or more are significantly more at risk of dropping out of school and this increased risk of drop out, coupled with the trauma of loss and greater poverty, could mean that large numbers of children will never return to the classroom.

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Planning for Impact: Measuring Business Investments in Education

Released September 2014

Working in collaboration with Coalition member PwC US and partner A World at School, this report was produced to help organizations begin to better measure their investments' impact in education. It helps organizations to identify the impact it wants to achieve and also provides a sampling of indicators, tools, and resources. Ultimately, organizations may use this report to strengthen their narrative arc as they construct their niche in social impact investing.


Toward a Global Education Platform: Potential Models for Harnessing Technology to Promote Education as a Global Public Good

Released September 2014

The paper provides a discussion of five potential models for using technology to deliver education to the most marginalized. It also provides an overview of the current context and use of technology to situate these models. Based on a careful analysis of the needs of potential students, educators, and employers, this discussion paper identifies several opportunities to add value to the existing education ecosystem by synthesizing the conversations and consensus points to date. The paper is a product of GBC-Education’s Global Education Platform initiative.

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Investment in Global Education: A Strategic Imperative for Business

Released September 2013

The 21st century is marked by global inter-connections. People, capital, information, and goods all flow across borders at ever increasing rates. By 2030, not only will emerging economies contribute 65 percent of the global GDP, but they will also be home to the majority of the world’s working age population. Business will increasingly seek to recruit the talented employees it needs from these economies, located largely in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Ultimately, the youth in these regions will be the engines of our future growth and prosperity. In this report, it is argued that global education is a strategic issue for business and companies can no longer afford to support it only through corporate social responsibility initiatives.

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The Smartest Investment: A Framework for Business Engagement in Education

Released September 2013

Business benefits from high-quality education systems and has an interest to give all children, youth, and adults the opportunity to reach their potential. UNESCO, UNICEF, the Office of the UN Special Envoy for Global Education, and the UN Global Compact jointly developed a business engagement resource for global education that is a broad-based and action-oriented tool aimed at helping business align their investments in education to promote shared value.

Policy Briefs

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Global Business Coalition for Education's Commitment to Education In Emergencies: Progress Report

Released April 2017                                                                                                            At the World Humanitarian Summit in 2016, the Global Business Coalition for Education (GBCEducation) committed to mobilize $100 million in financial and relevant in-kind resources from the business community to support the newly launched Education Cannot Wait fund for education in emergencies. To deliver on this pledge, GBC-Education has created the Rapid Education Action database, known simply as REACT. REACT aims to coordinate available private sector resources and provide systematic ways to direct these resources to solve challenges faced when delivering education in these difficult emergency contexts.
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Business Investment in Early Childhood: Policies and Programs

Released April 2017                                                                                               Investing in early childhood development (ECD) makes good business sense. There are many simple ways for companies to do this through policy, practice, and direct investment in their communities. There are both short- and long-term benefits from making this investment. In this brief, GBC-Education outlines what business can do to support early child development and invest in local communities.
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A Fund for Education in Emergencies: Business Weighs In

Policy Brief 003 – Released June 2015

GBC-Education partnered with the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) Secretariat’s global consultation to poll the business community on a draft discussion paper on financing education in emergencies. The results revealed that the business community supports the creation of a fund or financing mechanism to mobilize increased resources to address the crisis of education in emergencies. This discussion draft summarizes both the rationale for this view as well as the recommendations drawn out by the consultation from companies representing a range of industries, sizes and regions of operation as well as business coalitions.

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Cooperating with Multilaterals for Global Education: Opportunities for the Business Community

Policy Brief 002 – Released June 2014

This policy brief outlines four opportunities for business to support multilateral priorities in education. By working with multilateral organizations and supporting multilateral, multi-stakeholder priorities, the business community can engage with governments, civil society, education professionals, and others to address the growing education crisis in a coordinated way.  Multilateral partnerships present opportunities for business to increase access to quality education, ensure sufficient resources for education and build the capacity of education systems.  Greater support is needed to bolster and complement multilateral efforts as total aid to education continues to decline and does not always target those greatest in need.


Digital Campaigning - A New Role for Business in Education

Policy Brief 001 – Released March 2014

Technology is fast connecting the world. Capitalizing on this, digital campaigning has spurred great progress for several causes, mobilizing people globally to raise awareness, persuade target audiences, and provide critical services such as fundraising. This policy brief shares best practices for education focused, business-led digital campaigns that can be taken to scale for maximum impact.


Background Documents

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Investing in Education in Emergencies Through Employee Engagement

Released May 2016

During the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul,Turkey, GBC-Education convened business leaders, development agencies, UN leaders, and private foundations to support education in emergencies. This background paper serves as a guide to companies wishing to leverage employee engagement to support education in emergencies.

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Opportunities for Public-Private Partnerships in Education: Bringing Together Business, Foundations & International Donors

Released April 2016

Alongside the IMF-World Bank Spring Meetings, GBC-Education gathered business leaders, development agencies, philanthropic leaders, and private foundations to identify a pathway for joint investments in education. This background paper outlines the variety of forms public-private partnerships can take as business pursues strong and profitable investments in education.