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World Bank must stop push to expand private education

The World Bank continues to steadily increase support for privatized education in lower-income countries despite mounting evidence that this approach is freezing out poorer children – especially girls – and doesn’t improve education quality. Oxfam’s new report "False Promises" says the Bank should immediately stop promoting Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) that expand private education.
Secondary students take their lessons at a PPP school in western Uganda. Credit: Initiative for Economic and Social Rights (ISER).

False promises

A growing body of evidence shows that education public-private partnerships (PPPs) which support private schooling are too often failing the most vulnerable children and risk deepening inequality. Despite this, the World Bank has been increasingly promoting education PPPs in poor countries through its lending and advice.
Through a local energy plan, Mai Thi Chau is helping her commune in Vietnam’s Ca Mau province switch to renewable energy systems and biogas cooking, to save time and money. Photo: Tessa Bunney/Oxfam

Powering the transition: World Bank and other IFI energy lending in Asia

This paper examines current and planned IFI energy sector support in Asian climate-vulnerable countries. It shows how this is not yet fit for purpose, and recommends how IFIs can intervene at this critical juncture to give governments the confidence to accelerate the transition to renewable energy for all.

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