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Note to Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop MP regarding concerns about the Global Partnership for Education

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The Honourable Julie Bishop MP

Minister for Foreign Affairs
Parliament House  Canberra
Dear Minister,
I refer to this publication of the US Government Accountability Project (GAP) regarding the Global Partnership for Education (GPE),
On 21 January 2016 the GAP agency made the following statements:

What is the “value added” of an organization that rewards the misdeeds of its “Leadership Team?” Will “change and growth” occur at the expense of, say, transparency, accountability and ethical behavior? Will “education sector performance” assessment be conducted in the same way as GPE conducts its job candidate assessments?

The ultimate victims, of course, are the intended beneficiaries of GPE: Rather than being provided with the best educational services the trust fund can offer, they must deal with an organization whose mismanagement at the highest levels needlessly saps resources and talent. This situation deserves serious attention, not only by the GPE Secretariat and Board, but by the Fund’s donors, who contribute millions every year.

Australia is a significant donor to the GPE.   Does Australia agree with the US GAP's assessment that the situation at the GPE deserves serious attention from Australia (as a donor) given that we contribute millions every year?
Perhaps your Department could make some enquiries of the Fund and the US authorities responsible for the bulk of its regulatory and governance compliance.
I propose to treat this letter as an open communication with you and to publish this note and any response you might make to it.
Yours sincerely,
Michael Smith