Education Sector

A Framework for Assessing the Effectiveness of the Delivery of Education Aid in Fragile States

This paper presents a framework for assessing the effectiveness of education aid in fragile states which is derived from three key aspects of aid effectiveness identified in the Principles for Good International Engagement in Fragile States - coordination, state building, and

Making Primary Education Work for India's Rural Poor: A Proposal for Effective Decentralization

Three forces are coming together to bring the issue of the relationship between local government and education onto the agenda. First, in the early 1990s India embarked on a process of creating autonomous units of local government that were elected and which were to be given substantial responsibilities. Read more »

Is India a Flailing State? Detours on the Four Lane Highway to Modernization

How does one reconcile the contradictions of India's booming economy and democracy with world class elite institutions and yet chaotic conditions in service provision of the most rudimentary types?  This paper argues that India is today a flailing state - a nation-state in which the head, that is the elite institutions at the national (and in some states) level remain sound and functional Read more »

From Shouting to Counting: A New Frontier in Social Development

Across the world, we find citizens are mobilizing, often locally, to demand better services. Not by shouting. but by counting. Making sure their governments spend effectively, and keep their promises. It's not just about people protesting and making noise. This new approach to citizen action actually involves systematic analysis and intelligent use of data, making sure that their governments spend effectively and keep their promises. These citizens are demanding accountability from their public institutions. Read more »

Pitfalls of Participatory Programs: Evidence from a Randomized Evaluation in Education in India

Participation of beneficiaries in the monitoring of public services is increasingly seen as key to improving their efficiency. Read more »

Public Expenditure on Education : A Review of Selected Issues and Evidence

The role of education in economic development has been recognised for quite some time in mainstream economic literature. Divergence between the private and social rate of return from education is the rationale for intervention by the state in ensuring equity in opportunity across the population. Read more »

Can Information Campaigns Spark Local Participation and Improve Outcomes? A Study of Primary Education in Uttar Pradesh, India

There is a growing belief in development policy circles that participation by local communities in basic service delivery can promote development outcomes. A central plank of public policy for improving primary education services in India is the participation of Village Education Committees (VECs), consisting of village government leaders, parents, and teachers. Read more »