Civil Society Advocacy and EFA

February 4th 2010
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Civil society organizations are increasingly active in claiming fundamental citizenship rights around the world, the right to education being one of them. In recent years, non-governmental organizations, grassroots movements and teachers unions have established transnational alliances, such as the Global Campaign for Education, to promote access to quality education globally.

The role of advocacy coalitions and its political outcomes have been broadly explored in relation to several policy areas in the context of highly industrialized societies. However, this issue has not been so deeply analyzed in developing countries and, even less, in relation to the education sector. This international seminar seeks address this shortage and brings together analysts and practitioners from different parts of the world that are interested in understanding the role of transnational advocacy coalitions in the education for development field.

Specifically, the seminar aims to:

  • Reflect on the evolution of global and local civil society organizations and networks in advocating for the right to education.
  • Explore the potential and limitations of these networks for the achievement of Education for All targets.
  • Explore the political potential, but also the difficulties, of organizing transnational coalitions that can act at a range of scales, from the local to the global.
  • Identify the particularities of doing research on the role of advocacy coalitions in developing countries.
  • Reflect on methodological strategies and instruments to better understand the political outcomes of civil society at different levels (agenda setting, recognition by authorities, substantive outcomes).
  • Identify strategies and practices that can help civil society organizations to improve the quality of the advocacy processes and outcomes they promote.

The seminar is realized in the context of the research project “The GCE and Transnational Advocacy for EFA”, which is the result of a research partnership between the Global Campaign for Education, Education International and the IS Academie “Education and Int. Development” (UvA+Minbuza).

The event has been coordinated by Karen Mundy (Co-Director of the Comparative International and Development Education Centre, University of Toronto and founder of the Canada Global Campaign For Education), Mario Novelli (IS Academie Education and Development coordinator, University of Amsterdam), Joosje Hoop (IS Academie Education and Development research assistant, University of Amsterdam) and Antoni Verger (IS Academie Education and Development researcher, University of Amsterdam).

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AGENDA

Presentation of the seminar (9:00-9:15 am), by Yusuf Sayed, U. of Sussex and U. of Amsterdam

Session 1: Understanding the political outcomes of civil society advocacy: methodological challenges (9:15-11:00 am)

Speakers:

– Hanne Bondo Mawhinney, Maryland University; [download presentation] [download paper]

– Marjorie Mayo, Goldsmith University; [download presentation] [download paper]

– The GCE research, Mario Novelli, University of Amsterdam; [download presentation]

Discussants: Wouter van der Schaaf, AOb; Kees Biekart, ISS

Chair: Margriet Poppema, University of Amsterdam

Session 2: The role of civil society in global politics (11:30-1:15 pm)

Speakers: Robert O’Brien, McMaster University; [download presentation] [download paper]

Renato Emerson dos Santos, Rio de Janeiro State University, and Inti Soeterik, University of Amsterdam; [download presentation] [download paper]

Antoni Verger, University of Amsterdam; [download presentation] [download paper]

Discussants: Monique Fouilhoux, Education International and Karen Mundy, U. of Toronto

Chair: Olloriak Sawade, Oxfam Novib

Session 3: Civil society advocacy for Education For All (2:15-4:00 pm)

Speakers: Karen Mundy, University of Toronto; [download paper]

Jennifer Chan, University of British Columbia; [download presentation] [download paper]

Yusuf Sayed, University of Sussex and University of Amsterdam; [download presentation]

Discussants: Martijn Marijnis, ICCO and Geoffrey Odaga, GCE Secretariat.

Chair: Isa Baud, University of Amsterdam

Roundtable Discussion: The changing role of education society in education governance (4:30–5:45 pm)

Open debate with all guest speakers.  Chaired by: Christel Eijkholt, Minbuza

Conclusions and final remarks (5:45–6:15 pm), by Karen Mundy, U. of Toronto.

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