A coalition is a group of organisations that come together to work towards a common goal. Working together enables members to speak with a stronger voice.
Bodies like this – groups of organisations that come together to achieve a common goal – often come with different names: networks, alliances, forums, campaigns, collaborations, committees, movements.
The aspect of speaking with a stronger voice is central to the role of coalitions. It is not effective to work in isolation, because the voices of individual CSOs are weak and not heard where it matters. As a donor said, ‘One well-organised coalition is better placed to compel governments to alter policy decisions than several uncoordinated ones’. Together, coalitions can act as a strong pressure group on governments, and have greater bargaining power.
This information has been drawn from the CEF's report Driving the bus: the journey of national education coalitions.