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

May 19, 2019
An overview of the most important events during the 2019 Global Action Week for Education.
May 16, 2019
Strong citizen engagement and social accountability can help improve development outcomes. View how two school communities in Uganda went beyond monitoring the GPE-funded program, and mobilized their...
April 24, 2019
The 4 seats on the GPE Board representing international and national civil society organizations (CSOs) are held by women. Read how they and their predecessors want to make a difference in empowering...

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.