ECW 2019 Annual Results Report

Delivering education in emergencies and protracted crises around the world with decisive speed, agility and strategic partnerships

From inception to end of 2019:
3.5 million children reached

30% refugees, 15% IDPs,
55% other crisis-affected children and youth

1.2 million
girls reached
teachers trained
(46% women)
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Our Key Results

Education Cannot Wait reaffirmed itself as the global fund for education in emergencies and protracted crisis in 2019, building a global movement with strategic partners to provide children and youth caught 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 29 crisis-affected countries in 2019. 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.

Global humanitarian aid to education is on the rise and grew fivefold from 2015 to 2019, reaching a record amount of more than $700 million in 2019.

Delivering across the humanitarian-development nexus. In 2019, six new Multi-Year Resilience Programmes (MYRPs) were developed in Chad, Ethiopia, Palestine, Somalia, Syria and South Sudan with national authorities and in-country partners, increasing the number of active MYRPs to 10.

We are responding with decisive speed and agility to unique, fast-acting global crises. Including Cyclone Idai and Cyclone Kenneth, which hit Southern Africa in 2019 – and the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

A rights-based approach. Human rights, international humanitarian law and international refugee law underpin our rights-based approach.

Committed to inclusion and equality. Close to half of our beneficiaries in 2019 were girls. We also focus on other marginalized children in crises such as refugees, displaced children and children with disabilities.

‘Whole-of-child’ approaches deliver comprehensive solutions. In 2019, ECW actively promoted a ‘whole-of-child approach’ in which interventions address a variety of learning, teaching, organizational and safety needs.

Delivering quality education and improving learning outcomes. ECW interventions respond to the fact that conflict-affected children and youth often do not have previous schooling experience, nor do they have the mental or academic readiness for learning.

ECW's active grants in 2019

ECW had active grants in 29 crisis-affected countries in 2019, distributing $131 million in total to 75 grantees – this is more than in 2017 and 2018 combined.


ECW distributed US$40 million through the First Emergency Response (FER) window, including US$13 million for regional responses to the Sahel and Venezuela crises.


Six new Multi-Year Resilience Programmes (MYRPs) were launched in 2019, increasing the number of active MYRPs to 10, with total disbursements under this funding window at about US$89 million.

Initial Investment

Explore the map to see the funds disbursed and committed by ECW (in million US dollars) to education responses in the different countries.

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.

Disbursements per funding window, 2017- 2019

MILLIONS OF US DOLLARS 150 120 90 60 30 0 2017 2018 2019 Initial Investments Acceleration Facility First Response Multi-Year Resiliance Program (MYRP) 2017 TOTAL $53,233,550 2018 TOTAL $45,646,536 2019 TOTAL $130,729,690 $25,368,786 $17,060,537 $10,052,886 $1,965,986 $749,985 $4,801,264 $25,898,778 $14,433,132 $40,497,481 0 $13,402,882 $75,378,059

Funds mobilized by donor category, 2016–2019

(cumulative since inception: $585.9 million)

MILLIONS OF US DOLLARS 250 200 150 100 50 0 2016 2017 2018 2019 Private Sector Donors Multilateral Donors Bilateral Donors 2016 TOTAL 73.7 2017 TOTAL 99.8 2018 TOTAL 159.6 2019 TOTAL 252.8 71.2 80.2 155.8 229.5 0 19.1 0 5.6 2.5 0.5 3.8 17.7

Our Donors

ECW extends its sincere appreciation for the generous and timely funding of its donors. Without this support, none of the results delivered through Education Cannot Wait’s global investments and partnerships would be possible.

  • Australia
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • European Union
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • United Kingdom
  • United States