The Early Learning Partnership (ELP) was launched in 2015 in an effort to increase the size and quality of the World Bank's Early Childhood Development (ECD) portfolio. Since that time, we have committed more than $15.3 million to 119 grants in 63 countries, generating more than $4.13 billion in new and improved finance to support ECD. Over the years, we have launched new innovative programs, research areas, special topics and capacity building initiatives. World Bank investments in early childhood have increased substantially since our founding. The Early Childhood Education portfolio active has increased from around $600 million in 2015 (5% of the overall education portfolio) to over $2 billion (10% of the overall education portfolio) in 2022, plus substantial additional TF resources. The ECD portfolio has increased from 6% to 11% of the International Development Association (IDA) funds between FY2015-17 and FY2018-2020 and annual funding in 2020 reached $4.5 billion (a tenfold increase over a 10-year period).
Partnership is core to our approach. We work closely with governments, academia, civil society, global and regional ECD networks and other international agencies, including UNICEF, UNESCO, WHO and the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) to coordinate efforts and share promising approaches.
As of July 2022, ELP is now associated with the World Bank’s Foundational Learning Compact Umbrella Program which was created to support country-specific and global efforts to pursue systemic and sustained improvements in education systems that lead to better learning outcomes. As an associated Trust Fund, the ELP will maintain separate funds and workplans, though ELP results will be incorporated into the FLC work program and results framework.
The ELP is financed by and partners with bilateral and foundation partners, including: