Reach, Relationships and Results: Case studies of Australian NGOs' work in education

Report
from Australian Council for International Development
Published on 05 Jun 2014 View Original

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Education is one of the most important investments countries can make in their future. Education unlocks a country’s potential for economic growth, improves long-term health benefits, is central to ensuring greater gender equality, encourages transparency and good governance and gives people critical skills to provide for themselves and their children. These case studies, compiled by the ACFID Education Sector Working Group (ESWG), demonstrate the distinctive contributions Australian NGOs (ANGOs) are making in their work in education across the world and highlight that ANGOs are well placed to continue designing, delivering and monitoring programs in this important sector.

Education is a priority of the Australian International NGO sector. There are 58 ACFID member agencies working in the education sector, encompassing:

• 55 countries around the world, including Australia.
• 693 projects in education across the life cycle and framed by the Education For All goals.
• More than $51 million invested in education projects.
• Strong in-country partnerships, including with government bodies at all levels and local non-government/civil society organisations, such as disabled peoples organisations and churches.
• Active engagement in a number of international networks and organisations for education.
• Research and technical relationships with academic institutions in Australia and abroad.
• Development education of the Australian public.