Advocacy and social accountability

Education Out Loud is GPE’s fund to support civil society activities and influence in shaping education policy to better meet the needs of communities, especially of vulnerable and marginalized populations.

By funding activities that strengthen transparency, accountability and civic participation in education, Education Out Loud supports institutionally healthy, sustainable and creative civil society organizations able to effectively advocate for education.

Components and grants

Implemented by Oxfam IBIS and financed by GPE, Education Out Loud will allocate up to US$55.5 million through three funding components.

Component 1: Strengthen national civil society engagement in education planning, policy dialogue and monitoring

This component builds on the Civil Society Education Fund to support national education coalitions with grants between US$100,000 and US$300,000 for 2 years. Grant proposals for this component are by invitation only.

Component 2: Strengthen civil society roles in promoting the transparency and accountability of national education sector policy and implementation

This component supports national organizations in GPE-eligible partner countries to undertake social accountability initiatives with grants between US$450,000 and US$1.2 million for 3 to 4 years.

Component 3: Create a stronger global and transnational enabling environment for national civil society advocacy and transparency efforts

This component supports global, regional or multi-country civil society alliances, which include at least one national civil society actor in GPE partner countries eligible for GPE funding, with grants between US$450,000 and US$1.2 million for 3 to 4 years.

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Grants are available for national and international civil society organizations and networks in GPE partner countries worldwide to support their advocacy and social accountability work between 2019 and 2024.

Open Now! Call for proposals for Component 3: Transnational advocacy

Oxfam IBIS is inviting applications for funding to support transnational advocacy through January 31, 2020.

For more information on this call for proposals and to access proposal guidelines in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese, please visit Education Out Loud.

A webinar will be convened on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM CET. Please RSVP by Sunday January 12, 11:59 PM CET

Type of activities supported

Education Out Loud funds activities in five key areas:

  • Policy dialogue: Participation of civil society in education planning, policy dialogue and monitoring processes
  • Public engagement: Social mobilization, communications and campaigns supporting education
  • Data and transparency: Development of tools for accountability and tracking of public education budgets and program implementation
  • Analysis: Research on education challenges and policy implementation
  • Strengthening civic capacity: Capacity development and peer learning

Learning and innovation

Education Out Loud emphasizes learning of grantees and provides each grantee with up to one year of preparation time to analyze their context and build skills, and to develop strategies for monitoring, evaluation and learning before starting implementation.

During this “year zero" the support will focus on building the foundation for successful implementation, while ongoing support will help grantees navigate challenges, risks and opportunities that will come up in their work.

Each grantee will have a learning plan to guide the capacity support and learning opportunities over the lifetime of the grant. The learning goals will be established by grantees themselves at the start of the grant and will be supported by learning partners – organizations with expertise, training approaches and mentoring skills. The learning partners will work with groups of multiple grantees.

For more information on Education Out Loud, please contact: info@educationoutloud.org