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Private Schools: Small Gains, Big Questions
April 13, 2023
A formal meta-analysis of the impact of non-chain private schools on children in low- and middle-income countries.
An AI Wrote this Summary of a New Education Working Paper
March 01, 2023
Last week I was just thinking about writing a blog about a new economics working paper, when I got access to the new Bing AI chatbot, trailed as yet another improvement on ChatGPT and with up to date internet access. It turns out Bing can write a very passable blog summary of a working paper recentl...
Contracting Out Schools at Scale: Evidence from Pakistan
September 06, 2022
Can governments contract out school management at scale? In 2016 the Government of Punjab transferred management of over 4,000 failing primary schools to private operators. Schools remained free to students. Private operators received a government subsidy per enrolled student of less than half per-s...
Have Public-Private Partnerships in Education Lived Up to Their Promise? With Contributions from Maryam Akmal, Susannah Hares, Rita Perakis, Jishnu Das, and Moses Ngware.
May 09, 2022
This blog post is part of a series in which CGD experts present arguments from “Schooling for All: Feasible Strategies to Achieve Universal Education” and invite (sometimes dissenting) commentary from experts within the global education community.
Schooling for All: Feasible Strategies to Achieve Universal Education
April 21, 2022
This report debates the case for specific public investments in education in low- and lower-middle-income countries, drawing on evidence of what has worked not just in small-scale experiments but historically and in large-scale national programs. Its messages are intended more for economic policymak...
The Impact of Private Schools, School Chains, and Public-Private Partnerships in Developing Countries
December 16, 2021
How should governments and donors engage with the growing private sector in education in developing countries? Enrolment in private schools now exceeds 50 percent at the primary level in many major urban centres across Africa and Asia. Whilst the majority of these schools are small and independently...
Should Donors Invest in Private Schools? (And if So, How?)
October 29, 2021
Every now and then we get asked by education donors whether and how they should fund the private education sector. It’s an important question: around 20 percent of children enrolled in primary school in low income countries attend private primary schools.
Six Ways COVID-19 Will Shape the Future of Education
July 22, 2020
Most of us have been living with closed schools and some version of lockdown for four months now. For all the reimagining of education in the 21st century, nobody predicted that the greatest disruption of all would come from a virus. As education policymakers all over the world grapple with distance...
Diaries from the Frontline: How Education Organizations Are Providing Food and Relief during COVID-19
May 14, 2020
“Diaries from the Frontline” is a new blog series that will feature stories from education organizations about what the crisis means for them and the underprivileged communities in which they’re working, as well as the ways that they are helping children to stay engaged in learning or helping famili...
Review of the Decade: Ten Trends in Global Education
January 03, 2020
The “tens” are over and it’s been quite a decade in global education. We take a look at ten trends that shaped education policy debates this decade.