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Fields of Specialization
Basic and secondary education; international education policy and planning; education finance; program design; research and evaluation; Africa
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Last updated January 31, 2023
David Balwanz is an independent education consultant based in South Africa specializing in program design and implementation, evaluation, and research on basic and secondary education and skills development. David’s experience includes work with the World Bank, DfID, USAID, the Global Partnership for Education, the Global Campaign for Education and AED / FHI360 on education programs in several countries, including Afghanistan, Jordan, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa, South Sudan, and Zambia. David’s current work and research explore the issue of secondary education and expansion in sub-Saharan Africa with a focus on reform in South Africa, the relationship between education, work and society, issues of marginalization and inequality, and local perspectives, expectations and re-imaginings of academic and vocational secondary education. His work with the Centre for Education Rights and Transformation at the University of Johannesburg explores similar terrain at FET Colleges and Public Adult Learning Centres in South Africa. David is a member of the Comparative and International Education Society and a Fulbright Scholar. Prior to transitioning to international education, David worked with the Clinton Global Initiative University, managed service and service-learning programs at City Year Rhode Island, taught secondary school science as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi and worked with the Undergraduate Leadership Program at Northwestern University. David claims to be an avid rower and footballer.