OC3: Transnational alliances

Education Out Loud provides grants to transnational civil society alliances to carry out innovative multi-country advocacy to influence transnational and national policy frameworks. 

Operational Component 3 (OC3) aims to create a stronger global and transnational enabling environment for national civil society advocacy and transparency efforts to:

  • Opening up transnational policy debates to citizen voices and engaging more civic representatives embodying a wider range of opinions and lived realities in transnational spaces;
  • Contributing to the democratization and responsiveness of transnational policymaking;
  • Promoting policy agendas that are more responsive to citizens’ interests as rights holders; and
  • Developing more conducive transnational and regional conditions for relevant national policy setting.

Before full implementation grants were granted by Education Out Loud to a number of successful applicants, 19 alliances were chosen under Operational Component 3 to undergo the Year Zero process. Over a duration of six months, the candidates were provided with support to build organizational capacity and develop a sound theory of change and learning plan. The six-month period provided Year Zero candidates with a strong foundation, equipping them to develop their final full project proposals. Additionally, the period gave the candidates a chance to test their approaches and initiate relationship-building with key actors. 9 alliances underwent the Year Zero process - five of them were awarded the full grant.

OC3 grantees

Discover more about the alliances which have received full implementation grants under Operational Component 3 by clicking on the alliances below.  

1. Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage

Vision: A world without child marriage, where girls and women enjoy equal status with boys and men and can reach their full potential. They work to ensure that all girls can stay in school, stay healthy, and have the futures they dream of.

Focus countries: Burkina Faso and Niger

Organizations in the alliance: Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage (lead organization) and partner organizations in Burkina Faso and Niger.

Read a greeting by Girls Not Brides where they introduce themselves and their project.

2. Global Campaign for Education (GCE)

Vision: Create a stronger global and transnational enabling environment for national civil society advocacy and transparency efforts.

Organizations in the alliance: GCE is the main grantee and co-grantees are its regional coalitions the Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE), the Latin American Campaign for the Right to Education (CLADE) and the Arab Campaign for Education for All (ACEA).

Read a greeting by GCE where they introduce themselves and their project.

3. The South Asian Assessment Alliance

Vision: To advocate for and create citizen-led assessments that are simple, scalable and sustainable to assess whether children are in school and achieving functional learning levels. They see assssessment as a powerful political tool: if people are able to measure what affects their lives, they are able to represent themselves, and reach across communities, countries and continents to identify, communicate, create constituencies and catalyse change.

Focus countries: Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Nepal

Organizations in the alliance: Street Child (lead organization) and a network of national organisations including IID (Bangladesh), Ashoka (Myanmar) and ASER (Nepal) – with specialist support from the Pratham Education Foundation.

Read a greeting by the alliance where they introduce themselves and their project.

4. The Tax Education Alliance (TaxEd)

Vision: To sustainably increase the domestic financing of public education systems so developing country governments can achieve SDG4.

Focus countries: Nepal, Senegal, and Zambia

Organizations in the alliance: ActionAid (lead organization), the Tax Justice Network (TJN), the Global Alliance for Tax Justice (GATJ), and its regional networks – Tax Justice Network Africa (TJN-A) and Tax and Fiscal Justice Asia (TAFJA) – , Education International (EI) – with close practical links with the global education movement - the Global Campaign for Education (GCE) and their regional and national coalitions.

Visit the TaxEd Alliance's twitter account. You can also read a greeting by the TaxEd Alliance where they introduce themselves and their project.

5. Zimbabwe Network of Early Childhood Development Actors (ZINECDA) and partners

Vision: Implementing a transnational advocacy capacity building project which seeks to develop stronger and more vibrant Early Child Development and Education (ECDE) in southern Africa to make governments more transparent and accountable to their citizens on ECDE issues.

Focus countries: Zimbabwe, Lesotho, and Malawi

Organizations in the alliance: ZINECDA (lead organization), the Network for Early Childhood Development of Lesotho (NECDoL), and the Early Childhood Development (ECD) Coalition Malawi.

Read a greeting by ZINECDA where they introduce themselves and the project.

6. Girls Education Advocacy in the Region (GEAR)

The ambition of the alliance is to use advocacy as a tool to ensure that governments in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe are being held accountable in creating inclusive and equitable education systems for girls and young women in farming and rural communities of the three countries.

Focus countries:
Malawi, Zambia & Zimbabwe

Organizations in the alliance:
Students and Youth Working on reproductive Health Action Team (SAYWHAT) (lead), Farming Communities Education Trust (FACET), Girls Activists Youth Organization (GAYO) & National Action for Quality Education in Zambia (NAQEZ)

7. Pamodzi for Inclusive Education in South-East Africa (PIESE)

The PIESE project aims to reduce the policy implementation and awareness gaps that exist between inclusive education policies and programming in Malawi, Kenya, and Tanzania. The ambition is to strengthen the use of evidence on inclusive and special needs education, advocate for the development of a community-driven, economic, and social rationale for investing in the implementation of inclusive special needs education.

Kenya, Malawi & Tanzania

Organizations in the alliance:
Rays of Hope Ministries (lead), Fount for Nations, Kesho-Kenya & Shule Direct

8. Civil society partnership for advocacy for non-formal education

The project aims to create a sub-regional environment conducive to the promotion of non-formal education and better synergy between governments and civil society active in the non-formal education sector. The project is being implemented in the Sahel region and non-formal education is an alternative way of training adults and reintegrating those excluded from formal education systems due to the prolonged social and security crisis in the region.

Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, and Chad

Organizations in the alliance:
Groupe de Recherche et d'Action pour le Développement (GRADE) (lead), Association pour la promotion d l’éducation non formelle (APENF), l’Organisation d’appui aux populations rurales (AAPPOR) & l’ONG Université Populaire du Tchad.

9. Adolescent Mothers’ Education Initiative (AMEI)

The project contributes to ensuring that all pregnant girls and adolescent mothers have access to continue and complete a free, safe, quality, and inclusive education. The aim is to integrate civil society alliances and representing diverse actors in transnational policy debates to facilitate the inclusion of citizen voices in transnational spaces dealing with continued education for pregnant girls and adolescent mothers.

Countries: Zimbabwe, DRC & Uganda

Implementing organizations:
World Vision UK (lead), RESULTS Educational Fund, Education Coalition of Zimbabwe (ECOZI), Coalition Nationale de l’Education Pout Tous (CONEPT), World Vision Zimbabwe (WVZ), World Vision DRC (WVDRC) & ISER

10. Addressing the learning crisis through system strengthening

The project will contribute to improve the ability of rural youth collectives to participate effectively in transnational spaces and positively influence access, quality, and relevance of education system for enhanced learning outcomes, particularly for marginalized groups. It aims to strengthen CSOs, responding to specific learning problems directly affecting rural youth populations, and related stakeholders in the education system to participate in regional and transnational spaces.

Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania & Zimbabwe

Implementing organisations:
Global Integrity (lead), Public Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM), Agenda 2063 Academy, Centre for Learning and Capacity Building (CESC), Forum for African Women Educationalists Malawi (FAWEMA), Teach for Zimbabwe, Policy Forum & Stimulus Africa