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

Countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Togo

Alliance partners: Girls Not Brides, La Coalition Nationale Contre le Mariage des Enfants au Burkina Faso (CONAMEB), and Plateforme vers la fin du mariage des enfants au Niger

The project: The project is addressing the interlinked problems of high levels of early child marriage and girls out-of-school in countries in Francophone West Africa. Read more about the project here.

2. Global Campaign for Education (GCE)

Countries: Global

Alliance partners: Global Campaign for Education Secretariat (GCE), Arab Campaign for Education for All (ACEA), Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE), and Campaña Latinoamericana por el Derecho a la Educación (CLADE)

The project: The project focuses on holding states and the international community accountable for education financing and provision of education for all, including during times of emergencies and crises. Read more about the project here.

3. The South Asian Assessment Alliance (SAAA)

Countries: Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Nepal

Alliance partners: 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.

The project: The South Asian Assessment Alliance advocates for citizen-led assessments as a powerful tool to identify, communicate, create constituencies and catalyse change around childrens education. This project has been completed. Read more about the alliance here.

4. The Tax Education Alliance (TaxEd)

Countries: Nepal, Senegal, and Zambia

Alliance partners: Action Aid, Tax Justice Network (TJN), Global Alliance for Tax Justice (GATJ), Centre for Economic and Social Rights, and Educational International

The project: The TaxEd Alliance is working to ensure adequate domestic financing of education sectors in Nepal, Senegal, and Zambia, and hold duty-bearers accountable to their commitments. Read more about the project here.

5. Transnational Networks Advocacy Capacity Strengthened for Improved ECDE Legislation, Policies and Measures in Southern Africa (TRANAC)

Countries: Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

Alliance partners: Zimbabwe Network for Early Childhood Development (ZINECDA), Early Childhood Development Coalition (ECDCM) Malawi, and Network for Early Childhood Development Lesotho (NECDOL)

The project: The project seeks to strengthen Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) networks and improve ECDE legislation, policies, strategies, and services in Southern Africa. Read more about the project here.

6. Girls Education Advocacy in the Region (GEAR)

Countries: Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

Alliance partners: SAYWHAT Zimbabwe, Girls Activists Youth Organization (GAYO) Malawi, National Action for Quality Education in Zambia (NAQEZ), and Farming Communities Educational Trust (FACET) Zimbabwe

The project: The GEAR project is working to create inclusive and equitable education systems for girls and young women in rural and farming communities in Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Read more about the project here.

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

Countries: Kenya, Malawi, and Tanzania

Alliance partners: Rays of Hope Ministries, Fount For Nations, Kesho-Kenya, and Shule Direct

The project: The PIESEA project aims to reduce the policy implementation and awareness gaps that exist between inclusive education policies and programming in Malawi, Kenya, and Tanzania. Read more about the project here.

8. Civil society partnership for advocacy for non-formal education (by GRADE)

Countries: Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, and Niger

Alliance partners: Groupe de Recherche et d'Action pour le Développement (GRADE), Association pour la promotion d l’éducation non formelle (APENF), l’Organisation d’appui aux populations rurales (AAPPOR), and l’Amicale Université Populaire (AUP)

The project: The Sahel region which is experiencing increasing population as well as unrest and a dire security situation. The project aims to find solutions to this social crisis by promoting literacy and non-formal education. Read more about the project here.

9. Adolescent Mothers’ Education Initiative (AMEI)

Countries: DRC, Uganda, Zimbabwe

Alliance partners: World Vision UK, Education Coalition of Zimbabwe (ECOZI), Coalition Nationale de l’Education Pout Tous (CONEPT), World Vision Zimbabwe, World Vision DRC, and ISER

The project: The AMEI project will bring together local, national and transnational actors for change in girls' education by challenging policy and practice barriers to access to education for Pregnant Girls and Adolescent Mothers. Read more about the project here.

10. The Kuyenda Collective

Countries: Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe

Alliance partners: Public Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM), South AfricaForum for African Women Educationalists Malawi (FAWEMA), Policy Forum Tanzania, Centre for Learning and Capacity Building’s (CESC) Mozambique, Teach for Zimbabwe, and Stimulus Africa Zimbabwe

The project: Read more about the project here