Civil Society Education Fund

The Civil Society Education Fund (CSEF) is a global program funded by the Global Partnership to support civil society engagement in education sector policy, planning, budgeting and monitoring.

Managed by the Global Campaign for Education, in close collaboration with regional partners (ANCEFA, ASPBAE, CLADE, ActionAid Americas, Education International and Oxfam GB), the CSEF supports national civil society education coalitions focused on education in developing countries.

The CSEF program aims to build stronger and more effective civil society engagement in education sector processes, and through this ensure improved progress towards education goals.

Highlights

Education activists supporting the #YouthStrike4Climate movement in Abidjan. Credit: GCE
March 21, 2019
At a meeting in Cote d’Ivoire last month, education activists from around the world gathered to adopt the Abidjan Principles on the human rights obligations of States to provide public education and...
Youth caucus during GCE World Assembly. Credit: GCE
January 29, 2019
Youth advocate Jose Mateo Dela Cruz shares 5 lessons from his journey to make education for all children a reality
Global learning event. Credit: GCE
January 25, 2019
From November 13 to 18, education civil society leaders met in Kathmandu, Nepal, for a series of exceptional events - six days full of discussions, exchange of ideas and sharing of experience.

Goals

  1. To support effective civil society representation and engagement in education sector policy dialogue.
  2. To support active public outreach and citizen engagement in the generation / use of research and evidence on quality, equity, financing and education system reform.
  3. To ensure global and regional processes relating to GPE and Global Goal 4 better inform – and are better informed by – national and local civil society.

CSEF principles

  • The CSEF is based on the principle that civil society has a crucial role to hold governments and donors accountable for their commitments, and to ensure relevance and equity within education sector plans, programs and budgets.
  • Coalitions supported by CSEF represent a wide variety of members, including teachers unions, grassroots organizations, women’s groups, parents associations, and youth groups.
  • The CSEF supports national civil society structures, with nationally driven agendas and objectives, which respond to local contexts and citizen priorities.
  • The CSEF supports only one national education coalition in each country.