CIVIL SOCIETY AND EDUCATION: THE ROLE AND IMPACT OF TRANSNATIONAL CIVIL SOCIETY NETWORKS IN ‘EDUCATION FOR ALL’

Main investigator: 

Since the World Education Conferences were celebrated in Jomtien (1990) and Dakar (2000), the international community is formally committed to the right to Education for All (EFA) globally. A range of civil society networks have organized themselves to make sure that these international commitments translate into concrete practice on the ground. Among these networks, the Global Campaign for Education (GCE) stands out as the biggest and most active civil society organization advocating for EFA. The GCE was set up in the late 1990s and, with the passage of time, evolved into a multi-scalar organization by promoting the creation of civil society advocacy coalitions operating at the national and regional level. To date, the GCE counts on the participation of 76 national coalitions and three big regional coalitions.

The main aim of this project is to understand how and under what circumstances civil society coalitions are able to influence on the design and implementation of education policies that contribute to advance the EFA goals. Case studies have been carried out in relation to civil society groups that are members of the GCE in Brazil, The Philippines, Zambia, India, Ghana, Ecuador and Indonesia. Our analysis is mainly informed by social movement theories (political opportunity structures, frame analysis) and the advocacy coalitions framework.

Project Length: 
2008-2011
Situation: 
Previous
Type: 
Research Contract
English