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South-South Cooperation in Education and Development

Linda Chisholm and Gita Steiner-Khamsi, Editors
International Perspectives on Educational Reform
Pub Date: December 2008, 312 pages

Paperback: $45.95, ISBN: 0807749214
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“For anyone committed to understanding the possibilities and challenges of South-South cooperation in contemporary development initiatives, this book is an essential reference point. The editors are to be congratulated on assembling an exciting mix of older and newer authors who address a wide sweep of countries and regions. Their strong historical perspective and commitment to global equity and cultural diversity are especially welcome.”
—Phillip Jones, University of Sydney, Australia

“This book opens new perspectives and insights on an area greatly in need of critical scrutiny. With its wide geographical and conceptual reach, it calls into question the glib constructions of ‘South’ and ‘North.’”
—Jonathan Jansen, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

How real is the collaboration between developing countries? Focusing on educational reform, this book turns the cutting-edge topic of South-South cooperation inside out with a set of challenging and diverse studies that explore what this concept means in practice. An impressive list of contributors examines the role of bi- and multilateral development agencies such as the World Bank, UNESCO, and UNDP; regions such as Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East; and countries such as Brazil, China, India, Japan, Jordan, Turkey, and South Africa. Providing succinct analyses of the new trend of international cooperation, this valuable resource:

  • Examines the institutional histories, rationales, varieties, and effects of South-South collaboration.
  • Investigates the occurrence, types, and content areas of South-South transfer, including triangular partnerships and bi-lateral and regional initiatives.
  • Explores the limits of and possibilities for South-South cooperation in the field of education.
  • Features a formidable combination of perspectives from different parts of the world.

Contributors: Adriana Abdenur • Zahra Bhanji • Marcelo Caruso • Colette Chabbott • Hillary A. Dachi • Sandra Gillespie • Yoko Mochizuki • Michelle Morais de Sα e Silva • Joel Samoff • Iveta Silova • Crain Soudien • Leon Paul Tikly

Linda Chisholm is director of the Education, Science, and Skills Development research program at the Human Sciences Research Council in Pretoria, and editor of the Southern African Review of Education, the journal of the Southern African Comparative and History of Education Society (SACHES). Gita Steiner-Khamsi is Professor of Comparative and International Education at Teachers College, Columbia University and president of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) in 2009. Her books include The Global Politics of Educational Borrowing and Lending.

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