Let's Talk About Education

Community Speaker Series

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Profit and Philanthropy: what are private investors doing in global education?

Prachi Srivastava

Dr. Prachi Srivastava

Associate Professor, Critical Policy, Equity and Leadership Studies

Western's Faculty of Education

Wednesday, November 6, 2019; 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

London Public Library, Central Branch - Lawson Room

validated parking available*

Recording link: https://ca.bbcollab.com/collab/ui/session/playback/load/12a212ad0f6247a8932fdf783cfaafff


Talk Description:

Global education is estimated to reach a market size of $US 10 trillion by 2030 due to opportunities in emerging economies in the Global South. Unsurprisingly, it has attracted an increasing number of private investors. The range of investors is broad. These include private and corporate foundations associated with philanthropic aims; profit-oriented investors including corporations, venture capital and private equity firms, among others; and impact investors and social enterprises with the dual aims of social impact and economic return. Regardless of their status, non-profit, for-profit, or hybrid, most investors state their aim to improve education access and quality in areas of need globally. But, is this actually happening? Prof. Prachi Srivastava draws on findings from her research program on non-state private actors in education in Asia, to seek some answers to the questions: What is the range of private investors in education? Where are they operating? What education initiatives are they funding? And why?

Presenter Biography:

Dr. Prachi Srivastava is tenured Associate Professor in the area of education and international development at Western University. She is also Adjunct Professor, School of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa, Adjunct Professor, Centre for Global Studies, Huron College, and Senior Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for International Education, University of Sussex. She is an incoming member of the World Bank Expert Advisory Council on Citizen Engagement.

Her research interests are on: private sector engagement in education in the Global South; global philanthropy and impact investment; private schooling and education privatisation; silent exclusion in/from education; and global education policy and the right to education. Her work has been featured in media outlets, including, The Economist, The Guardian, Vrij Nederland, CBC Radio-Canada, and has been referenced in the authoritative EFA Global Monitoring Reports and Global Education Monitoring Reports, and the 2018 World Development Report. Dr. Srivastava has provided research evidence in Westminster to the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Education for All, the European Commission, Global Affairs Canada, JICA, UNESCO, World Bank, and has been commissioned for research by DFID and the European Commission. Prior to entering academia, she worked for the International Rescue Committee and the United Nations Mission in Kosovo. She holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford.

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