Civil Society’s Role in the Education Sector

A special video tribute to members of civil society working towards education for all

Madiana Myanda Samba at GPE Board meeting december 2014 (c) GPE

During our last board meeting we asked several members of civil society organizations (CSOs) to explain how they are contributing to improving education in developing countries.

Hear what they had to say:

Civil society organizations represent three very important seats on our Board of Directors which is comprised of 19 members including 6 developing countries, 6 donors, 3 multilateral agencies and 1 private sector/foundation. The three civil society seats include one for Northern CSOs; one for CSOs from developing countries; and one for the teaching profession.

In our 60 GPE developing country partners, 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. We have also supported nearly 50 national civil society coalitions or networks around the world through the Civil Society Education Fund.

Thank you to:

  1. David Archer, Head of Programmes, Action Aid, United Kingdom
  2. Marieme Sakho, Syndicat, Sypros, Senegal
  3. Kjersti Mowe, Global Campaign for Education
  4. David Edwards, Education International
  5. Cheick Mbow, Coalition des organisations en synergie pour la défense de l’action publique, Senegal
  6. Madiana Myanda Samba, EFA, Sierra Leone


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