Civil Society Education Fund

The Civil Society Education Fund (CSEF) is a global program funded by GPE 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, and Oxfam in Ghana), 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.

The CSEF gives grants to national civil society coalitions to support their advocacy activities, build their capacity to strengthen planning, implementation and impact, and promote cross-country learning and networking.

The CSEF program is funded by a US$33.27 million allocation from the GPE Fund, which supports 62 national coalitions or networks around the world. The implementation period is from January 2016 to March 2020.

For the period 2013-2014, the CSEF received US$14.5 million, supervised by UNESCO.


September 12, 2019
More initiatives are needed to protect student leaders and youth activists who are at the forefront of progressive social movements.
September 02, 2019
There is not enough reference in Africa’s regional frameworks to protecting and educating children, in particularly girls and women, who suffer the most from displacements and conflicts.
August 27, 2019
The 2019 High-Level Political Forum was particularly important for education civil society organizations as SDG 4 was reviewed for the first time, along with 5 other 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.