Handbook of International Development and Education
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Handbook of International Development and Education

Edited by Pauline Dixon, Steve Humble and Chris Counihan

This Handbook considers the myths and untruths that currently exist in international development and education. Using historic and contemporary evidence, this compendium redefines the international development narrative through a new understanding of 'what works', drawn from pragmatic ideas and approaches.
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Chapter 7: Affordable learning: transforming education at the bottom of the pyramid

James Stanfield


In the past decade a number of private providers have entered education markets across the developing world with the aim of transforming the way education is designed and delivered in low income communities. In light of the work of C.K. Prahalad (1941–2010), this chapter will examine these developments focusing on the growth of chains of low cost private schools, the extension of microfinance and impact investment into education and the disruptive innovations that are now emerging in the field of mobile learning. The changing attitude of the United Nations to private sector involvement in education will also be discussed, and the conclusion will attempt to identify some of the key lessons to be learnt from this period.

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