Winning the Human Race
2020 Annual Results Report
Delivering education in emergencies and protracted crises around the world with decisive speed, agility and strategic partnerships
% of programmes improving gender parity in access to education
assisted in 2020
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to 32 countries approved by ECW to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, disbursing first emergency response (FER) funds at record speed
children and adolescents reached with COVID-19 interventions
“COVID-19 has compounded the effects of armed conflict, instability, climate-related disasters and forced displacement from Afghanistan, Syria, Yemen, to the Sahel, Ethiopia, and Venezuela – to name but a few of the crises where ECW is working with partners to fulfill the right of every girl and boy to a safe, quality education.
We can win the human race provided that we are ready to invest in it and ensure that these children and adolescents access an inclusive 12 years of quality education. This is an investment in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, an investment in peace, an investment in our future, and an investment in our universal human rights and our shared humanity.”
Director of Education Cannot Wait.
Education Cannot Wait reaffirmed itself as the global fund for education in emergencies and protracted crisis in 2020, responding rapidly to a global pandemic while continuing to build a global movement with strategic partners to provide children and youth in armed conflicts, forced displacement, climate change-induced disasters and protracted crises with the safety, hope and opportunity of an education.
Working with our broad range of partners, ECW had active grants in 34 crisis-affected countries in 2020. This report captures the results delivered through these investments to support inclusive and equitable quality education for the millions of girls and boys caught in humanitarian crises.
Delivering across the humanitarian‑development nexus
In 2020, eight new Multi-Year Resilience Programmes (MYRPs) were developed, increasing the number of active MYRPs to 18.
Holistic needs embedded in educational settings
All new MYRPs in 2020 included a ‘whole-of-child’ approach – focusing on gender, protection, and mental health and psychosocial support.
Reaching those left furthest behind
Forcibly displaced girls and boys accounted for 54% of all children and adolescents reached with inclusive, equitable quality education during the year, while girls accounted for 48%.
Inclusion and equality commitment
Nearly half of our beneficiaries in 2020 were girls. ECW focuses on reaching them and the other marginalized groups in crises – young refugees, displaced children, and children with disabilities.
Agility and speed
Amidst the new challenges brought on by COVID-19, four MYRPs quickly re-programmed their initiatives to simultaneously target existing crises and the pandemic.
ECW became a ‘go-to’ organization for innovation and creativity, supporting initiatives through its Acceleration Facility, exploring new partnerships, and adapting areas of focus – such as connectivity and climate action.
Our Active Grants
ECW had active grants in 34 crisis-affected countries in 2020, distributing $138 million to 29 grantees.
ECW had active grants in 34 crisis-affected countries in 2020, and distributed $138M to 29 grantees during 2020 through its FER, MYRP and AF investment modalities.
The boundaries, names, and designations used on this map do not imply official endorsement or acceptance by the United Nations, Education Cannot Wait, or partner countries.
Disbursement per funding window
FER: ECW distributed $69 million through the First Emergency Response window (including COVID-responses).
MYRP: Eight new MYRPs were launched in 2020, increasing the number of active MYRPs to 18 with total disbursements under this funding window at $62 million.
Acceleration Facility: $6.5 million were invested to scale innovations and build institutional capacity for coordination within the education in emergencies and protracted crisis sector.
Funds mobilized per donor category
In 2020, ECW mobilized a total of US$ 91.9 million for its trust fund to reach crisis-affected children with education. Bilateral donors contributed $64.4 million, multilateral donors contributed $7.7 million and private sector donors contributed $19.7 million.
Delivering education in emergencies and protracted crises around the world with decisive speed, agility and strategic partnerships.
The 2020 Annual Results Report’s Executive Summary provides a quick overview of the Fund’s results, resource mobilization efforts and delivery on its strategic objectives and outcomes.
Results for Children
Learn more about ECW’s results to leave no child behind through increased access, strengthened equity and gender equality, greater continuity, improved learning and skills, and safe and protective learning environments.
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ECW Covid-19 Response
Learn more about ECW’s support for millions of children and adolescents hit by the COVID-19 pandemic while being affected by armed conflict, forced displacement, climate-change induced disasters and other crises.
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