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14-18 April 2019, San Francisco, USA: NORRAG panels at the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Annual Conference, Education for Sustainability

NORRAG and its network members will participate in the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Annual Conference on 14-18 April 2019, San Francisco, USA.

With the growth and evolution of philanthropy in education worldwide, NORRAG’s panels seek to explain the possible impact of new philanthropy and other similar approaches as it bypasses existing policies and practice. Consistent with long-standing international agreements, as well as growing trends to encourage private sector participation in both policy formulation and provision of education to compensate perceived contemporary inadequacies, the emphasis will be on how these radically different approaches and agreements can, and are likely to, affect public education both locally in the United States and globally.

NORRAG will also organise its traditional reception and we cordially invite all NORRAG members and friends to join us.

These panels are aimed to contribute to better understand how the emerging philanthropic trends emanating from new technology philanthropists develop their strategies, as well as shed light on how their evolving engagement potentially affects local and international educational development.

More information about the date and time of the panels will be provided when the programme is available:

Panel I: 

New philanthropy: “disruption” and the implications for education development (I)
Tue, April 16, 3:15 to 4:45pm, Hyatt Regency, Level -1, Pacific F

Panel I will present three papers that analyze the features and influence of the emerging philanthropic giving in education, both domestically in the US and internationally. They use research and data to illuminate both the promises and challenges to education as new donors seek to broaden their impact through collaboration, networking and innovating their methods and objectives based on evolving theories of change.

Chair: Alexandra Draxler, Senior Advisor, NORRAG


Megan Haggerty, Coordinator, International Education Funders Group
The promises and challenges of diverse philanthropic camps in education: A view from the funders

Lara Patil, Adviser, NORRAG
The Evolution of Silicon Valley Philanthropy: “Disruption” and the Implications for Educational Development

Marina Avelar, Research Associate, NORRAG
“Foundations are everywhere, all the time”: New philanthropy’s diffuse approach to education policy-making

more information: draft CIES programme

Discussant: Karen Mundy, OISE University of Toronto

Panel II

New philanthropy: “disruption” and the implications for education development (II)
Tue, April 16, 5:00 to 6:30pm, Hyatt Regency, Level -1, Pacific F

Panel II presents a series of case studies from the perspective of donors, implementers and scholars on the practice of private actors, notably philanthropists, that illuminate the blurring of boundaries between various kinds of donors, concerns on the part of both donors and recipients about policy influence, intent, impact, the public good and evaluation in the broadest sense.

Chair: Natasha Ridge, Executive Director of the Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research


Hugh McLean, OSF
Disruption, Dissemblance and Dissidence in an Age of Reaction 

Steven Ehrenberg, FHI360
Expanding the range of international input for workforce preparation in Rwanda, Afghanistan and Myanmar: emboldening or disrupting the public sector?

Kathryn Moeller, Visiting Assistant Professor, Stanford University (principal presenter) and Rebecca Tarlau, Assistant Professor, Pennsylvania State University
“Philanthropizing” Consent: How a Private Foundation Pushed through National Learning Standards in Brazil

Tyler Hook, Doctoral Student, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Classroom Disruptions: New Philanthropy and Education Policy Reform in Liberia

Discussant: Lara Patil, Advisor, NORRAG

More information: CIES draft programme

CIES registration and information

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