Member organizations 

The RCG4-WCA endeavors to bring together all UN and non-UN agencies and organizations (including CSOs, higher education networks, research community, teachers’ unions or representations, etc.) working on education development in West and Central Africa to coordinate and harmonize strategies and efforts.

Membership is based on the following eligibility criteria: an organization working on education in WCA that is regionally or globally based and has representation in one or more countries of the region. Membership in the RCG4-WCA is by invitation or request. Eligible organizations wishing to join are expected to make an official request to the Secretariat of the RCG4-WCA based at the UNESCO Regional Office in Dakar, which will consult the member organizations of the group to obtain their approval or non-objection. Membership is institutional and not individual in order to guarantee the continuity of participation and information exchange in the course of time.


Africa Network Campaign on Education for All (ANCEFA)


Established in 2000, ANCEFA exists to champion the cause of quality inclusive Education for all in Africa and contributes to the global education agenda debates and goal-setting.

With a membership of 37 national education coalitions, ANCEFA works with and through the Dakar-based Regional Secretariat, 3 Programme Offices in Lome, Lusaka and Nairobi, and National Education Coalitions to deliver on its advocacy and campaign work to contribute to the realisation of the right to Education.

ANCEFA is a member of the Global Education Movement, the Global Campaign for Education and sits in various regional and global Education platforms. ANCEFA is in a formal working relationship with the Commission of the African Union as a critical partner in promoting Education Agenda in Africa including the delivery of the CESA 16-25 and AU’s Agenda 2063.


African Development Bank (AFDB)


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Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA)


CAMES (Conseil africain et malgache pour l'enseignement supérieur)


Conference of the Ministers of Education of French speaking countries (CONFEMEN)


 Founded in 1960, the Conference of the Ministers of Education of French speaking countries (CONFEMEN) is a structure that brings together 44 States and governments of the Francophonie. One of its mains missions is to strengthen and promote policy dialogue in the field of education and training at both the international and the country level.

In addition to the reflections conducted during ministerial sessions and thematic meetings, which result in rich and varied publications, CONFEMEN accompanies member states in improving the quality of their educational systems through two projects: Programme d’analyse des systèmes éducatifs de la CONFEMEN (PASEC) and Observatoire de la qualité de l’Éducation (OQE).

Conference of Youth and Sports Ministers of the Francophonie (CONFEJES)

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Created in 1969, the Conférence des ministres de la jeunesse et des sports de la Francophonie (CONFEJES) [Conference of Youth and Sports Ministers of the Francophonie] is an intergovernmental institution that endeavors to promote youth, sports and leisure activities within the francophone world.

Its mission is to mobilize countries, resources and efforts in the perspective of increasing concerted action in order to promote the participation and the inclusion of youth in society.

The principle objectives of CONFEJES are to:

  • Advise and support member countries in pooling expertise and drawing on their capacities for reflection and creativity;
  • Train trainers according to country needs in the areas of youth, sports and leisure activities;
  • Encourage socioeconomic inclusion initiatives proposed by youth by participating in the financing of youth entrepreneurial projects;
  • Encourage youth to serve their communities;
  • Contribute to the development and training of elite athletes in Africa;
  • Encourage sports events and competitions and youth gatherings that promote exchange, and stimulate and enhance youth participation and contributions to society.

Following the institutional reform of the Charte de la Francophonie adopted by the Ministerial Conference of the Francophonie, on November 23, 2005 in Antananarivo (Madagascar), CONFEJES was established as an institution of the Francophonie.

Since the 32nd Ministerial Conference in March 2009 in Bujumbura (Burundi), CONFEJES has 43 state and government members.

Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA)


Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)





Education International

EDUCATION INTERNATIONALEducation International, the world’s largest Global Union Federation, represents 32 million professional educators worldwide. EI advocates for quality education for all and for highly qualified and motivated teachers and other education professionals to help build a better future for everybody. The core duty of EI is to raise the professional standards by improving the status of teachers, pursuing the rights and equality agenda, building and strengthening education unions in all countries.

EI operates through its regional offices in the 5 continents. The EI Africa Region (EIRAF), based at Accra, Ghana. covers 52 countries with 114 Affiliates in Africa and the Middle East. EIRAF has contributed to the implementation of the MDGs and is contributing now to the implementation of the SDGs and the CESA 16-25.


Educational Research Network for West and Central Africa (ERNWACA)



eudco af fb smallEduco is a global cooperation, development and humanitarian action NGO that has worked for more than 25 years in favor of children and for the defense of their rights, especially the right to receive an equitable and quality education.

Educo works on social projects in Spain and in countries in Africa, America and Asia involving more than 550,000 children and 150,000 adults to promote more just and equitable societies that guarantee their rights and well-being.

Educo envisions a world where all children enjoy their full rights and live in dignity.

Educo is part of the ChildFund Alliance, one of the leading NGO coalitions focused on child protection, present on all five continents.



Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE)


Global Partnership for Education (GPE)


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Institut de la Francophonie pour l'éducation et la formation (IFEF)

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International Labour Organization (ILO)


Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO)


Plan International



Réseau pour l'excellence de l'enseignement supérieur en Afrique de l'Ouest (REESAO)


Save the children

SAVE THE CHILDRENSave the Children is an international non-governmental organization working in 120 countries and reaching more than 62 million children. Our mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. The organization is committed to contributing to the sustainable development goals, ensuring that all children survive, learn and are protected by 2030.

In West and Central Africa, the organization works in 9 countries on education, health, nutrition and protection programs and humanitarian response, as well as advocacy and campaigns. We work in Early Childhood Care and Development, Basic Education and Youth Empowerment to ensure that all girls, boys and adolescents, particularly the most deprived and marginalized, learn from a quality education in a health-promoting, safe and protective learning environment.

The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)


Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN Refugee Agency, leads international action to protect people forced to flee their homes because of conflict and persecution. It delivers life-saving assistance, helps safeguard fundamental human rights, including the right to education, and develops solutions that ensure people have a safe place to call home where they can build a better future. UNHCR also works to ensure that stateless people are granted a nationality.

In times of displacement, education is crucial. UNHCR partners with governments, sister agencies, humanitarian and development actors, and civil society to increase opportunities for refugee and host community learners to access sustainable, accountable, lifelong education programming that is supervised, certified, and inclusive, in line with SDG4, The New York Declaration and the Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework.

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United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)


United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

UNESCO logo EnglishThe United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) mission is to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue through its fields of expertise: education, science, culture, communication and information.

As the specialized UN agency for education, UNESCO was appointed by the international education community in 2015 as global sector lead to coordinate the implementation of the SDG4-Education 2030 agenda.

The organization covers all educational levels and learning modalities, from early childhood to higher education, through technical and vocational training, literacy and non-formal education of youth and adults.


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UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS)


United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)


World Bank

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