Concern for achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 has led to a focus on the role that non-state providers (NSPs) can offer in extending access and improving quality of basic services. While NSPs can help to fill a gap in provision to those excluded from state provision, recent growth in both for-profit and not-for-profit providers in developing countries has sometimes resulted in fragmentation of service delivery. To address this, attention is increasingly given in the education sector to developing ‘partnerships’ between governments and NSPs. Partnerships are further driven by the expectation that the state has the moral, social, and legal responsibility for overall education service delivery and so should play a role in facilitating and regulating NSPs.
Even where the ultimate aim of both non-state providers and the state is to provide education of acceptable quality to all children, this book provides evidence from diverse contexts across Africa, South Asia, and Latin America to highlight the challenges in them partnering to achieve this.
This book was published as a special issue of Development in Practice.
1. Introduction: Achieving Education for All through public–private partnerships? Pauline Rose 2. Civil society, basic education, and sector-wide aid: insights from Sub-Saharan Africa Karen Mundy, with Megan Haggerty, Malini Sivasubramaniam, Suzanne Cherry, and Richard Maclure 3. Marching to different rhythms: international NGO collaboration with the state in Tanzania Sheila Aikman 4. The roles of non-state providers in ten complementary education programmes Joseph DeStefano and Audrey-marie Schuh Moore 5. Reaching the underserved with complementary education: lessons from Ghana’s state and non-state sectors Leslie Casely-Hayford and Ash Hartwell 6. Public–private partnerships or privatisation? Questioning the state’s role in education in India Prachi Srivastava 7. Madrasas as partners in education provision: the South Asian experience Masooda Bano 8. Struggles for memory and social-justice education in Latin America Lauren Ila Jones and Carlos Alberto Torres RESEARCH ROUND-UP 9. Collaboration in delivering education: relations between governments and NGOs in South Asia Richard Batley and Pauline Rose VIEWPOINT 10. Working effectively with non-state actors to deliver education in fragile states Chris Berry 11. Non-state providers, the state, and health in post-conflict fragile states Stephen Commins 12. Free primary education still excludes the poorest of the poor in urban Kenya Moses Oketch and Moses Ngware 13. The evolution of NGO–government relations in education: ActionAid 1972–2009 David Archer
Each title in the Development in Practice Books series offers a focused overview of practice-relevant analysis, experience, and research on key topics in development.