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The Center for Universal Education collaborates with several other organizations to further the goal of universal education for all of the world’s children.

Education For All Fast Track Initiative (FTI) Steering Committee

The FTI Steering Committee provides overall policy guidance to the Education for All Fast Track Initiative, gives direction to the Secretariat between Partnership meetings and helps ensure donor and developing country coordination. The five standing members are the two current co-chairs, UNESCO, the World Bank, and the most recent outgoing co-chair, for a six-month period following its tenure.

CUE Role: Gene Sperling was elected to the Northern Coalitions Seat on the Steering Committee in 2007

Education Partnership for Children of Conflict

The Education Partnership expands funding for innovative, cutting-edge strategies to educate children in conflict settings; studies and promotes best practices and model programs including those standards developed by the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE); and creates greater understanding and momentum for supporting and funding high-quality education for children of conflict.

CUE Role: Gene Sperling is founder and co-chair of the Education Partnership

FTI Fragile States Task Team

The Fragile States Task Team was created in 2005 and includes representatives from donor agencies, multilateral agencies, humanitarian agencies, and the FTI Secretariat. The task team is led by the UK Department for International Development (DfID).

The FTI Partnership is currently working in many countries that qualify as fragile states. As of April 2007, 11 of 31 countries with FTI-endorsed education sector plans are considered fragile states (according to the World Bank LICUS criteria): Cambodia, Cameroon, Djibouti, The Gambia, Guinea, Kyrgyz Republic, Liberia, Niger, Sierra Leone, Tajikistan, and Timor Leste.

CUE Role: Gene Sperling is a member of the Fragile States Task Team

The Hewlett and Gates Foundations Quality Education in Developing Countries (QEDC) Initiative

The Gates-Hewlett initiative focuses on improving learning outcomes mostly in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia—regions with the lowest levels of student achievement in the world. We will fund large-scale demonstration projects, coupled with evaluation, to develop techniques to improve the quality of education in these regions, and will disseminate the lessons learned. The grants will focus on ensuring that students in developing countries not only attend school but also master the skills necessary for work opportunities, advanced learning, and full civic participation.

CUE Role: Gene Sperling serves as an advisory board member

U.S. Chapter of the Global Campaign for Education

The U.S. Chapter of the Global Campaign for Education is a broad-based coalition of more than thirty non-governmental and religious organizations, teachers unions, foundations, and child advocates that raises awareness about universal basic education in the world's poorest nations.

CUE Role: Gene Sperling serves as the Chair of the U.S. Global Campaign for Education and, through CFR, hosts youth trainings during the annual Global Campaign for Education Action Week.