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The impact of aid on education policy in India

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Colclough, Christopher; De, Anuradha

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Corporate Editor University of Cambridge, Faculty of Education, Research Consortium on Educational Outcomes and Poverty (RECOUP)
Abstract In the early 1990s, large numbers of children in India remained out of school. International commitments to achieve education for all (EFA) globally meant that India was an important case for donors. India was pressed to accept aid for primary education, and agreed with some reluctance. Although subsequent donor involvement was substantial and influenced aspects of both policy implementation and management, it is shown that Indian education policy priorities remained self-determined. The government of India – though falling short of securing universal education for its children - succeeded in using external resources and expertise in ways which suited its own purposes, whilst minimising external impact on policy development. The politics and economics of this process are discussed.
Keywords India; education; school attendance; development aid; promotion; educational policy
Classification Sociology of Developing Countries, Developmental Sociology; Macroanalysis of the Education System, Economics of Education, Educational Policy
Free Keywords education; aid; development; India
Document language English
Publication Year 2010
City Cambridge
Page/Pages 44 p.
Series RECOUP Working Papers, 27
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution