The Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) is a forum for policy dialogue, comprising all ministers in charge of education, science and technology in Africa. Established in 1988 at the instigation of the World Bank Group, it has evolved into a pan-African institution based within the African Development Bank Group (AfDB). ADEA’s work has expanded to focus more on the development of skills and competencies across all the education sub-sectors. It envisions a ‘high-quality African education and training system that is geared towards the promotion of critical knowledge and skills for accelerated and sustainable development in Africa’.
The ADEA’s Working Group on Books and Learning Materials (WGBLM) is committed to supporting processes conducive to formulating adequate national book policies that improve the provision of good-quality educational materials, effective schooling, and literacy across sub-Saharan Africa. It strives to accomplish this by calling on governments, the private sector, development agencies, and civil society organizations (CSOs) to consider a holistic approach that includes substantial input from African partners to achieve viable book policies. The WGBLM is the implementing arm for this project.
The Global Book Alliance (GBA) is an international effort involving multiple stakeholders working to transform book development, procurement, distribution and use to ensure that no child is without books. Its mission is to guarantee that children everywhere have the books and learning materials they need to learn to read and read to learn. The lack of reading materials is so severe that it cannot be solved without new and innovative solutions; the GBA is taking the lead on identifying and implementing these solutions.