Policy dialogue between countries and across a range of education stakeholders contributes to developing and implementing effective education policies. It is essential that these policies are discussed in the broader political arena and connected to other sectors and policy issues, such as employment, health, finance and family, among others. The EFA coordination mechanisms established since 2000 facilitate policy dialogue through various means, such as meetings, consultations, research and knowledge-sharing, databases and websites.
At global and regional levels, policy dialogue helps countries and other EFA partners learn from each others’ experiences in order to improve their education systems through concrete actions on the ground. At country level, the dialogue between education stakeholders aims at reaching consensus and engaging them on the elaboration and implementation of national education policies and strategies towards the achievement of EFA goals by 2015.