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Education for All Fast Track Initiative 
The Education for All Fast-track Initiative (EFA FTI) was created as the first ever global compact on education, to help low-income countries achieve a free, universal basic education. It was launched in 2002 with the World Bank as one of it's founding partners. It is a global partnership between donor and developing country partners to ensure accelerated progress towards the Millennium Development Goal of universal primary education by 2015. All low-income countries which demonstrate serious commitment to achieve universal primary completion can join FTI.

International organization/Associations:

  • UN Girls' Education Initiative (UNGEI), the EFA flagship for girls' education, is a partnership that embraces the United Nations system, governments, donor countries, non-governmental organizations, civil society, the private sector, and communities and families. UNGEI provides stakeholders with a platform for action and galvanizes their efforts to get girls in school.
  • The Global Coalition on Women and AIDS (GCWA) was launched by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS). GCWA is a worldwide alliance of civil society groups, networks of women with HIV and AIDS, governments and UN organizations. The Coalition aims to highlight the impact of AIDS on women and girls and mobilize actions to enable them to protect themselves from HIV and receive the care and support they need. The site contains “tools and resources”, including presentations and publications. 
  • Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) is a network of partners promoting the development of effective education policies based on African leadership and ownership. The Association was established at the initiative of the World Bank in 1988. ADEA facilitates information exchange and communication, organizes conferences and biennial meetings, publishes the ADEA Newsletter and other publications, and carries out small-scale programmatic activities.
  • Gender in Education Network in Asia (GENIA) is a network of gender focal points in Ministries of Education across Asia designed to share information and lessons on gender and education; here you can find a directory of gender focal points and network members,reports on national and regional activities, and a draft work plan for the region.
  • UNICEF’s Basic Education and Gender Equality - UNICEF advocates quality basic education for all children — girls and boys — with an emphasis on gender equality and eliminating disparities of all kinds. In promoting equity, UNICEF focuses on the most disadvantaged children through a range of innovative programmes and initiatives in education.
  • UNIFEM is the women’s fund at the United Nations. It provides financial and technical assistance to innovative programs and strategies to foster women’s empowerment and gender equality. This website provides access to information and resources about gender issues worldwide.

Non-Governmental Organizations/Civil Society Organizations:

  • Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) was created in 1992 as a response to the slow pace of implementation of Education for All goals in sub-Saharan Africa. FAWE works at continental, national and local levels, together with its partners, to create positive societal attitudes, policies and practices that promote equity for girls in terms of access, retention, performance and quality, by influencing the transformation of educational systems in Africa. The site includes publications, FAWE Newsletters and the FAWE Diary. 
  • The NGO Working Groups on Girls (WGGs), formed in 1993, is a group of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), associated with UNICEF and the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, based in New York and Geneva. In 1995, the WGGs created an International Network for Girls (INfG), which has now grown to more than 750 members in 102 countries. Through their diverse activities and programmes in education, health, nutrition, issues around child labor and sexual exploitation, Network members share a common focus: improving girls' rights. 
  • CAMFED International is dedicated to extending girls' access to education in poor rural communities in Africa. Over 10 years, CAMFED has supported girls through primary, secondary and further education.

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