GLOBALLY-HOW CAN THE PROFIT, NOT FOR PROFIT AND STATE SECTORS CO-OPERATE MORE CLOSELY TO DELIVER EDUCATION GOALS?
The World Bank’s senior Education Economist, Harry Patrinos, has been working closely, over the last few months, with Michael Latham, Regional Director South Asia and Laura Lewis, Senior Consultant, both of CfBT Education Trust, to develop a tool kit to help decision makers deliver education development goals. Significant inputs were also received from Felippe Barrera-Osorio, Harvard University; Juliana Guaqueta, IFC; Norman LaRocque, Asian Development Bank; and Katharine Dixon, of CfBT Education Trust. This decision-making instrument, launched this week in Oxford, is aimed at fostering greater understanding on how the public and private sector (communities, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), faith-based organisations, trade unions, private companies, small scale informal providers and individual practitioners) can collaborate in order to attain education development goals. It is a tool for policy-makers that are interested in engaging the private sector to help them assess the appropriate options available taking into consideration both the benefits and challenges. The toolkit draws from international examples and provides case studies from a variety of educational contexts and the evidence of the impact of private sector engagement programs around the world.
Significantly, developing countries and aid agencies are increasingly looking to the private sector (both profit and not for profit) to fill the gaps in state education particularly in relation to low income families. Policymakers now seem to be more accommodating in respect of more private sector involvement and the need for a more flexible, pragmatic approach to satisfying rising demand in the developing world for good education. Education is seen as the ladder out of poverty, and exclusion. The toolkit guides policy makers through each stage of engaging the private sector:
Strategy: what do they wish to achieve and the possible ways they can engage the private sector to reach those objectives including both education provision, educational and non -educational services and infrastructure
Regulation: the regulatory context needed to support any private sector involvement
Design: how contracts should be designed to maximise educational outcomes
Evaluation: tools that can be used at each stage to ensure engagement is both effective and efficient. The toolkit draws from international examples and provides case studies from a variety of educational contexts and the evidence of the impact of private sector engagement programs around the world.
Engaging the private sector toolkit is a collaboration between CfBT Education Trust and The World Bank and builds on the publication Public-Private Partnerships in Basic Education: An International Review and book The Role and Impact of PPPs in Education. The toolkit also supports The World Bank’s System Assessment and Benchmarking for Education Results (SABER)
The beta version of the toolkit was launched on 13th September at the 11th UKFIET International Conference on education and development and also in Washington at the World Bank seminar