Commonwealth Education Fund

The Commonwealth Education Fund (CEF) is the only international fund focused solely on supporting advocacy in education. It works strategically with civil society in those Commonwealth countries that are most at risk of missing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on education and gender. The work of CEF and its partners is focused on coalition building, budget tracking and increasing access to education for marginalised children. CEF works in 16 countries in Africa and Asia. It is jointly managed by ActionAid, Oxfam GB and Save the Children UK, and funded by DFID.

Education Out Loud

Education Out Loud is the Global Partnership for Education’s fund for advocacy and social accountability established in April 2019. The fund also supports civil society to be active and influential in shaping education policy to better meet the needs of communities, especially of vulnerable and marginalized populations. Education Out Loud aims to enhance civil society capacities to engage in education sector planning, policy dialogue and monitoring and to promote transparency and accountability of national education sector policy. It also seeks to create a stronger global and regional enabling environment for civil society advocacy and transparency efforts in education.  The Education Out Loud grant funding is managed by Oxfam IBIS.  EFANet started receiving funding from Education Out Loud in January this year (2020).

The Civil Society Education Fund (CSEF)

The Civil Society Education Fund (CSEF) is a unique and ambitious global programme that supports citizen engagement in education sector policy, planning, budgeting and monitoring. It is founded on a shared understanding among key stakeholders that strong, broad-based and locally-driven civil society participation in these processes is crucial to delivering on EFA and other national and international education goals.

The CSEF programme was developed and is managed by the Global Campaign for Education (GCE), in close collaboration with regional implementing partners, including the Africa Network Campaign for Education for All (ANCEFA), the Arab Campaign for Education for All (ACEA), the Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE), the Latin American Campaign for the Right to Education (CLADE), and Action Aid, Education International, and Oxfam.

An International Partners Group, consisting of a range of INGOs, including ActionAid, Save the Children, VSO, Ibis, RESULTS, OSF, OSISA, Plan, and Oxfam provides programme advice and capacity support as requested to specific coalitions and regions.

CSEF supports national civil society education coalitions, currently operating in 54 countries across Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East and Eastern Europe. Through the programme, GCE and regional partners provide these coalitions with core financing, technical assistance, and capacity support, and help facilitate new partnerships, opportunities for engagement in regional and global policy processes, and cross-country learning.

CSEF aims to: “Contribute to the achievement of national education goals and Education for All by ensuring the effective participation of civil society organizations and citizens in education debates and sector planning and review.”

Objective 1: Formal civil society participation in education sector policy and review processes and engagement with policy-makers and parliamentarians is strengthened and better recognized.

Objective 2: National education coalitions are actively strengthening grassroots capacity to access and participate in education sector debates, through building awareness, knowledge and skills, and opening opportunities to participate.

Objective 3: Civil society research and analysis effectively contributes to national government plans, policies, financing and practices that better achieve the right to quality education for all and the six EFA goals.

 Objective 4: The CSEF project builds the quality and impact of civil society engagement in the education sector through promoting partnerships, strengthening South-South collaboration, sharing learning, and facilitating impact on global policy processes.


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