Publication: Mobilizing the Private Sector for Public Education : A View from the Trenches

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Historically, ensuring access to primary education has been seen as a predominantly public responsibility. However, governments are increasingly sharing this responsibility through a variety of subsidiary arrangements. Some governments are contracting services out to the private sector, to nongovernmental organizations, and even to other public agencies. Some societies are transferring responsibility for financing, providing, and regulating primary education to lower levels of government, and in some cases, to communities. In education policy, public-private partnerships play an important role in enhancing the supply and the quality of human capital. This book explores the burgeoning number of public-private partnerships in public education in different parts of the world. The partnerships differ in form and structure, in the extent of public and private participation, and in the forms of their engagement. The essays in this book are written mainly from the provider's perspective and offer valuable insights into the purpose, trend, and impact of public-private partnerships, and an understanding of the barriers they face.
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Patrinos, Harry Anthony; Sosale, Shobhana. 2007. Mobilizing the Private Sector for Public Education : A View from the Trenches. Directions in Development; Human Development. © Washington, DC: World Bank. License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.
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