Civil Society Organizations | Global Partnership for Education

Civil Society Organizations

Civil society organizations’ collaboration with the Global Partnership is essential to keep education a high priority on the development agenda.

Civil society organizations (CSOs) help shape education policies and monitor programs, and hold governments accountable for their duty to fulfill the right to education. CSOs can be small or large, national or international, and include also parents’ associations, children’s and youth organizations, and teacher unions.

The Global Partnership works with organized CSO networks such as the Global Campaign for Education and Education International, which help facilitate collaboration among organizations and strengthen national and global linkages.

CSOs actively participate in the Global Partnership governance, with 3 of the 19 seats on the Board of Directors reserved for their constituency.


The close collaboration of civil society and the Global Partnership for Education is essential in ensuring education is a top priority on the development agenda.
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The role of CSOs

In GPE partner developing countries, CSOs help develop, implement and monitor education strategies. They assess progress toward education results by monitoring the allocation, disbursement and use of funds from donors, the GPE Fund, and national governments. The Global Partnership supports CSOs to be active members of their national Local Education Group (LEG), where they make meaningful contributions to policy discussions and education sector planning.

In donor countries, CSOs advocate for adequate support through official development assistance to ensure that developing countries have the resources needed to provide quality education for all children. Working alongside GPE at global level, CSOs mobilize political will to support equitable quality education for all in the international development and financing agendas.

GPE support to CSOs

In an effort to strengthen the role of CSO partners in the Global Partnerships’ global governance and in national education policy processes, the Global Partnership provides funding and Secretariat support to CSOs through:

  • The Civil Society Education Fund (CSEF): Since 2009, the GPE Board has allocated more than $32 million to the Civil Society Education Fund. GPE will support 62 national coalitions or networks around the world through an additional $29 million for 2016-2018. This support will lead to better informed national policy dialogue and strengthened government accountability to citizens for the achievement of equitable, inclusive and quality public education.
  • Global and Regional Activities program: In 2014, the Global Partnership approved $1.9 million in funding through the Global and Regional Activities program for teacher support and participation in local education groups.
  • Youth engagement: The Global Partnership for Education engages with youth advocates, and supports a strong youth voice within the GPE’s civil society constituency.

CSOs and social mobilization

Happy children in a primary school in Lao PDR. Credit: GPE/Stephan Bachenheimer

As CSOs, you can support education for all children by: