Global Civil Society & the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 4: Quality Education

Quality Education

Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to creating sustainable development. In addition to improving quality of life, access to inclusive education can help equip locals with the tools required to develop innovative solutions to the world’s greatest problems.

Over 265 million children are currently out of school and 22% of them are of primary school age. Additionally, even the children who are attending schools are lacking basic skills in reading and math. In the past decade, major progress has been made towards increasing access to education at all levels and increasing enrollment rates in schools particularly for women and girls. Basic literacy skills have improved tremendously, yet bolder efforts are needed to make even greater strides for achieving universal education goals. For example, the world has achieved equality in primary education between girls and boys, but few countries have achieved that target at all levels of education.

The reasons for lack of quality education are due to lack of adequately trained teachers, poor conditions of schools and equity issues related to opportunities provided to rural children. For quality education to be provided to the children of impoverished families, investment is needed in educational scholarships, teacher training workshops, school building and improvement of water and electricity access to schools.

Name Acronym Founded City HQ Country/Territory HQ Type I Type II

African Research and Resource Forum

ARRF 2002 Nairobi Kenya F

African Research on Ageing Network

AFRAN 2005 Oxford UK F

African Rights Initiative International

ARII 2007 Madina Ghana G

African Rural Development Fund

Fondafrica 1997 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire K f

African School of Architecture and Town Planning

1975 Lomé Togo F g

African Scientific Technical and Research Innovation Council

ASRIC Abuja Nigeria E g

African Sculptures and Cultures

ASC Ghent Belgium N

African Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Endocrinology

ASPAE 2009 Nairobi Kenya D

African Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

AFSTSS 2000 Johannesburg South Africa D v

African Studies Center, Michigan State University

1960 East Lansing MI USA G

African Tax Research Network

ATRN Pretoria South Africa F

African Technology Policy Studies Network

ATPS Nairobi Kenya E

African Training and Research Centre in Administration for Development

CAFRAD 1964 Tangiers Morocco E g

African Union Scientific Technical Research Commission

AU STRC 1965 Abuja Nigeria E g

African University for Cooperative Development

AUCD 1967 Cotonou Benin F g

African Venture Philanthropy Alliance


African Virtual University

AVU 1997 Nairobi Kenya F g

African Women Empowerment Guild

AWEG 1995 Benin City Nigeria G

African Women's Development and Communication Network

FEMNET 1988 Nairobi Kenya F

African Women's Welfare Group

Tottenham UK G

African Young Positives Network

AY+ 2011 J

African Youth Foundation

AYF 2000 Bonn Germany G f

African Youth Growth Foundation

AYGF 2003 Abuja Nigeria G f

African Youth in Philanthropy Network

AYPN 2015 Kenyasi Ghana F

African Youth Movement

AYM 2002 Uyo Nigeria F

African Youth Safe Abortion Alliance

AYOSA 2014 Mzuzu Malawi D

African Youths Initiative on Crime Prevention

AYICRIP Lagos Nigeria G

Africana Studies and Research Center

1969 Ithaca NY USA N


1970 Washington DC USA F

Afrika Kulturinstitut

Berlin Germany G j


Ebene Mauritius F

Afrique Secours et Assistance

ASA 1998 Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire J

Afriterra Foundation

G f

Afro-Arab Institute for Culture and Strategic Studies

AACI 2002 Bamako Mali E j

Afro-Arab Network for Women Empowerment

Cairo Egypt N

Afro-Asian Book Council

AABC 1990 Delhi India F

Afro-Asiatisches Institut Salzburg

AAI 1988 Salzburg G

Afro-Caribbean Education and Training Services

ACETS Nottingham UK N

Afro-European Medical and Research Network

AEMRN Bern Switzerland F


Brooklyn NY USA F

AFS Intercultural Programs

AFS 1915 New York NY USA F

Aga Khan University

AKU 1983 Karachi Pakistan E

Agence pour l'enseignement français à l'étranger

AEFE 1990 Paris France N

Agence pour la Solidarité Internationale, la Culture, le Développement et l'Environnement

AMORCES Paris France G

Agence universitaire de La Francophonie

AUF 1961 Montréal QC Canada C y

Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation

APHEA Brussels Belgium E

Agency for the Promotion of European Research, Rome

1990 Rome G

AGRECOL Afrique: Networking and Information Centre for Sustainable Agriculture in Africa

2001 Thiès Senegal G

Agreement between the Member States of the Council of Europe on the Issue to Military and Civilian War-disabled of an International Book of Vouchers for the Repair of Prosthetic and Orthopaedic Appliances

1962 Strasbourg T g

Agreement concerning co-operation between authorities and institutions in the field of vocational rehabilitation and training for the labour market

1982 T g