Total children and adolescents reached:
57% Other crisis-
Children and adolescents reached with COVID-19 interventions
to 32 countries
approved by ECW to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, disbursing first emergency response (FER) funds at record speed
“We call on donors, private sector and high-net worth individuals to join us in delivering on our promises. Let's make #222MillionDreams✨📚 come true through quality education.
To paraphrase the great poet, Robert Frost: 'We have promises to keep and miles to go before we sleep'.”
Director of Education Cannot Wait.
Our Key Results
In 2021, ECW expanded its impact as the United Nations global fund for education in emergencies and protracted crises. It continued its rapid response to a global pandemic while further strengthening its work at the global, national and local levels 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 32 crisis-affected countries in 2021. 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
ECW mobilized $1.07 billion through its Trust Fund from inception (2016) to 2021, including $388.6 million in 2021 alone. An additional US$685 million in new funding was mobilized by donors and partners at country level for other programmes that are strongly aligned and coordinated with the MYRPs in 19 countries.
Delivering across the humanitarian-development nexus
In 2021, six new Multi-Year Resilience Programmes (MYRPs) were developed and one was renewed, increasing the number of active MYRPs to 24.
Holistic needs embedded in educational settings
All new MYRPs in 2021 included a 'whole-of-child' approach – focusing on gender, protection, and mental health and psychosocial support.
Reaching those left furthest behind
The share of funding targeting refugees and IDPs has grown from about 38% (2019) to 64% (2021). ECW has reached nearly 2.6 million refugees and IDPs since the Fund’s inception (43% of the total reached).
Inclusion and equality commitment
Nearly half of our beneficiaries in 2021 were girls and 92% of reporting programmes indicated an improvement in gender parity. ECW focuses on reaching marginalized groups in crises – including girls, refugees, displaced children and children with disabilities.
Agility and speed
ECW aims to disburse funds and start programmes within eight weeks of an emergency or country appeal. In 2021, for acute emergencies (i.e., natural disasters, including the COVID-19 outbreak), the average speed of disbursement of FERs was nine weeks, with 50% of grants meeting the 8 weeks target. For responses to an escalation of a crisis, the average speed was 17 weeks, as these tend to warrant a more robust analysis of needs.
ECW is the 'go-to' organization for innovation and creativity. At Dubai Cares' RewirED Summit in 2021, ECW became a founding sponsor of the Refugee Connected Education Challenge, an effort led by UNHCR to ensure schools that host child refugees and IDPs are included in global digital education and connectivity efforts.
Our Active Grants
In 2021, ECW had active grants in 32 crisis-affected countries.
ECW had 174 active grants in 32 crisis-affected countries in 2021 and distributed $495.8 million during the year 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.
Allocations per funding window
FER: ECW allocated $19 million through the 12 First Emergency Response window programmes approved in 2021.
MYRP: Six new MYRPs were launched and one renewed in 2021, increasing the number of active MYRPs to 24 with total amount of $121.2 million allocated under this funding window for 2021.
Acceleration Facility: $2.6 million was allocated with 13 new AF grants to scale innovations and build institutional capacity for coordination within the education in emergencies and protracted crises sector in 2021.
Initial Investment: No new allocations are made in 2021 and the window is closed.
Total (since inception): US$632.8
Funds mobilized per donor category
In 2021, ECW mobilized a total of $388.6 million from its Trust Fund to reach crisis-affected children with education. Bilateral donors contributed $345.3 million, with Germany making a significant contribution of $285.4 million. Multilateral donors contributed $29.1 million and private sector donors contributed $14.3 million.
Delivering education in emergencies and protracted crises around the world with decisive speed, agility and strategic partnerships.
The 2021 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.
Explore ECW's progress to inspire political support and financing, improve joint planning and responses, strengthen capacity to respond and improve data, evidence and accountability.
To date, ECW has reached 6.9 million children with quality education. Go beyond the numbers and get to know the inspiring stories and faces behind ECW's 2021 results!
Globally, an estimated 222 million crisis-affected children and adolescents need urgent education support.
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