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

American Forum for Global Education

1970 New York NY USA G

American Friends Service Committee

AFSC 1917 Philadelphia PA USA G

American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy

1994 Paris France G

American Intercultural Student Exchange

AISE 1980 Lake Village AR USA N

American International College, Springfield

AIC 1885 Springfield MA USA N

American International Consortium of Academic Libraries

AMICAL 2004 Paris France E

American International Schools in the Americas

AMISA 1961 Pembroke Pines FL USA G

American Library Association

ALA 1876 Chicago IL USA G

American Literature Association

ALA 1989 Princeton NJ USA E y

American Near East Refugee Aid

ANERA 1968 Washington DC USA G

American Refugee Committee

ARC 1978 Minneapolis MN USA G

American Relief Agency for the Horn of Africa

ARAHA 2000 Columbia Heights MN USA G

American Schools of Oriental Research

ASOR 1900 Boston MA USA G

American Society for Engineering Education

ASEE 1893 Washington DC USA F

American Youth Understanding Diabetes Abroad

AYUDA 1996 Los Altos CA USA G

Americans for Democratic Action

ADA 1947 Washington DC USA G

Americans for UNESCO

AU 1985 Washington DC USA G

Americas Research Industry Alliance


Americas Society

AS 1966 New York NY USA G

Amis d'une école de la paix, Grenoble

AEPG 1989 Grenoble France N


1994 Pittsburgh PA USA G

Amnesty International

AI 1961 London UK B

Amnesty International - European Institutions Office

1992 Brussels Belgium E




2007 Seattle WA USA G

Amref Health Africa

1957 Nairobi Kenya F f

Amsterdam School of International Relations

ASIR 1987 Amsterdam Netherlands G

Analysis and Experimentation on Ecosystems


Ananda Marga Gurukula

AMGK Network 1990 Anandanagar India F

Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team

AMURT 1955 Rockville MD USA F

Ananda Marga Yoga Society

1955 Kolkata India R

Anciens Association of the NATO Defense College

1955 Rome Italy E

Ancient Mediterranean Research Association

AMRA 1972 Los Angeles CA USA N

Andean Community

1996 Lima Peru F g

Andean-Patagonian Forestry Research and Advisory Centre

1988 Esquel Argentina G

Andes University

1785 Bogota Colombia G

Andheri-Hilfe, Bonn

1967 Bonn Germany G

Andrew W Mellon Foundation

1969 New York NY USA G f

Andrew Young Center For International Affairs

1993 Atlanta GA USA G

Anglican Alliance

London UK E

Anglican Association of Biblical Scholars

AABS 1991 Tewksbury MA USA G

Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia

Auckland New Zealand E

Animal Liberation Front

ALF 1976 Los Angeles CA USA F

Animal Venom Research International

AVRI Pasadena CA USA N

Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue between Cultures

Anna Lindh Foundation 2004 Alexandria Egypt E fg

Anne Frank Fonds

AFF 1963 Basel Switzerland G f

Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre

ACE CRC 1991 Hobart TAS Australia G

Antarctic Research Centre, Wellington

ARC 1970 Wellington New Zealand N

Anti-Corruption Student Network in South East Europe


Anti-Slavery International

1839 London UK C v