The Civil Society Education Fund (CSEF) is a global initiative to secure more international support to sustain civil society advocacy for education. Coordinated by the Global Campaign for Education (GCE) and through regional agencies, CSEF supports civil society coalitions to engage citizens in education sector policy, planning, budgeting and monitoring in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East and Eastern Europe.
As part of the external evaluation of the Civil Society Education Fund (CSEF) (2013-15) requested by the Global Campaign for Education, the Institute for Development Impact (I4DI) conducted seven country case studies. The evaluation aimed to contribute to GCE’s ability to respond to challenges and objectives by identifying the emerging impact of the CSEF programme, provide evidence of the effectiveness of its design and implementation model, and derive learning from implemented processes and structures to influence and strengthen future programming.
The Nicaragua Case Study was conducted by field visit with the Forum on Education and Human Development of the Initiative for Nicaragua (FEDH-IPN). The I4DI consultant conducted individual interviews and focus group discussions with coalition members, Board members, the Secretariat’s core team, legislative and executive representatives of the Government of Nicaragua (GON), and local government officials. As part of this field inquiry, the consultant conducted field visits to coalition members in three small municipalities: Camoapa, La Trinidad, and Matagalpa. The findings of the case study underline FEDH-IPN’s strength as a respected and leading voice for civil society in the education sector. FEDH-IPN has developed a strategy that focuses on local actions, grassroots mobilisation, and policy monitoring. The study concludes by presenting the lessons learned and challenges for the future of the coalition, centered on evidence-based advocacy, member mobilisation, governance, and sustainability.