Civil Society Participation in the Governance of Educational Systems

Donor organizations increasingly support the idea that civil society organizations should be involved in the process of national education reform. Yet despite this widespread endorsement, little is known about the quality and effectiveness of civil society participation in education reform. This project will explore the role of civil society organizations in education reform in four countries: Tanzania, Kenya, Mali and Burkina Faso. The project is expected to result in four case studies and a comparative analysis. Together, they will provide a baseline assessment of the current capacity of civil society organizations to engage effectively in the governance of the education sector; help shape a collaborative program of support for southern civil society organizations interested in becoming more effective education policy advocates; and indicate best practices and model initiatives for civil society engagement in the educational sector.

Project ID


Project status


Start Date

Monday, January 30, 2006

End Date

Monday, July 30, 2007


12 months

IDRC Officer

Labatut, Jean-Michel

Total funding

CA$ 24,930


Mali, North of Sahara, South of Sahara, Kenya, Tanzania, Burkina Faso


Maternal and Child Health

Project Leader

Karen Mundy


University of Toronto

Institution Country


Institution Website