Gain or Drain? Understanding Public-Private Partnerships in Education a Primer

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In the current education financing and programme discourse, public-private partnerships (PPP) have proven highly contested among education actors. Thus far, discussions have tended to be either academic in nature, or polemical, making it difficult for education focused civil society organisations to make informed decisions about relative pros and cons of the issue. This Primer is intended to support advocacy initiatives of national education coalition members, education advocates, policymakers and stakeholders in the education sector involved in the Right to Education campaign and the more targeted Education for All (EFA) campaign. It aims to introduce the basic concepts, parameters, definitions, policy frameworks, key players and the range of issues and debates surrounding PPPs in education.

As a facilitating tool for education campaign coalitions and other education campaigners to begin to build deeper appreciation and understanding of the issue, this Primer specifically seeks to:

• Contribute to achieving clarity on the origin, scope and context of PPPs in education
• Provide a simple guideline in assessing PPP initiatives to measure how they relate to realising the right to education
• Help education campaign coalitions and networks deepen their analyses and define their operational positions for policy engagement on PPP initiatives.

The Primer draws from the studies undertaken as part of Privatisation in Education Research Initiative (PERI) and highlights the evolution of PPPs in education; the different types of PPPs as implemented globally and in the Asia-Pacific region; the issues, debates, key proponents, and the basic arguments for and against PPPs in education; and the proposed framework and guidelines for assessing PPP initiatives in education.

This publication was written by Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education and was originally posted on Privatisation in Education Research Initiative.

 
 

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