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Learning unleashed:  Where governments are failing to provide youngsters with a decent education, the private sector is stepping in

Learning unleashed: Where governments are failing to provide youngsters with a decent education, the private sector is stepping in

July 30, 2015

Given the choice between a free state school where little teaching happens and a private school where their children might actually learn something, parents who can scrape together the fees will plump for the latter. In a properly functioning market, the need to attract their custom would unleash competition and over time improve quality for all. But as a paper by Tahir Andrabi, Jishnu Das and Asim Ijaz Khwaja published by the World Bank explains, market failures can stop that happening.

Data poverty makes it harder to fix real poverty

Data poverty makes it harder to fix real poverty

July 20, 2015

By Rohini Pande and Florian Blum - The Washington Post

In September 2000, all United Nations member states agreed to adopt the Millennium Development Goals, eight targets to guide global development until 2015. It was an unprecedented global consensus about how to solve the world’s biggest problems.

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