Global Solutions for Global Poverty? : The World Bank Education Policy and the Anti-Poverty Agenda
Tarabini-Castellani, Aina (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Sociologia)
Bonal, Xavier (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament de Sociologia)

Imprint: Rotterdam Sense Publishers 2009
Description: 15 pag.
Abstract: During the last decades the World Bank (WB) has been without any doubt the most significant subject of globalisation processes in education and development. Political and economic transformations have transformed the Breton Woods institutions as actors with the ability to shape and even impose agendas to less developed countries. Although education does not represent one of the most important sectors of the Bank portfolio, the growth in educational loans and, especially, the ideological capacity of the WB in shaping national policies have located education as one of the clearest examples of the supranational leverage in domestic policies. An education policy suitable for fighting poverty has been the main leit motiv in the shifting processes of the WB educational agenda. Interestingly enough, WB strategies to combat poverty have suffered important changes under different WB Presidencies, and so have changed (not always simultaneously) education and other social policies. This paper examines the relationship between the emergence of anti-poverty strategies in the WB and dominant models of education policy. The paper reviews changes in WB antipoverty agenda since the 1980s until the most recent policy papers, and particularly the new Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSP). The paper shows the main failings that underlie the positive and hoped-for relationship between investment in education and the reduction of poverty, and concludes that a good number of these failings can be attributed to an underestimation of the inverse relationship, i. e. the effects that poverty has on education.
Rights: Tots els drets reservats
Language: Anglès.
Series: Educational Futures: Rethinking Theory and Practice ; 32
Document: bookPart
Subject: Poverty ; Education
ISBN: 9789087908294
Published in: Re-Reading Education Policies, 2009, p. 96-111

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