Drawing on case-study research that examined initiatives which engaged with global aspirations to advance gender equality in schooling in Kenya and South Africa, this book looks at how global frameworks on gender, education and poverty are interpreted in local settings and the politics of implementation. It discusses the forms of global agreements in particular contexts, and allows for an appraisal of how they have been understood by the people who implement them.
By using an innovative approach to comparative cross country research, the book illuminates how ideas and actions connect and disconnect around particular meanings of poverty, education and gender in large systems and different settings. Its conclusions will allow assessments of the approach to the post-2015 agenda to be made, taking account of how policy and practice relating to global social justice are negotiated, sometimes negated, the forms in which they are affirmed and the actions that might help enhance them.
This book will be valuable for students, researchers, academics, senior teachers, senior government and inter-government officials and senior staff in NGOs working in the field of education and international development, gender, poverty reduction, and social development.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Contested meanings of gender equality in education Part 1 3. Ladders in the wind: Global policy on gender and education 4. Negotiating global gender and education policies in Kenya, 2003-2016 5. Global gender and education policy exchange in South Africa, 1991-2016 Part 2 6. People and policies: negotiating meanings of gender in education 7. Poverty and practice: Boundaries of blame and disconnection in education 8. Gender mainstreaming and education policy: interventions, institutions and interactions 9. Perspectives on the SDGs: It’s harder than you think
Elaine Unterhalter is Professor of Education and International Development at University College London, Institute of Education, London, UK.
Amy North is a Lecturer in Education and International Development, at University College London, Institute of Education London, UK.