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13 Jul 2022

Call for chapter proposals: Book on education privatization in sub-Saharan Africa

The Francophone Research Network on Privatization of Education (ReFPE) has launched a call for chapters for a book project on Education privatization in sub-Saharan Africa: Agendas, policies and trends to be published in 2023. Chapter proposals should be sent to by 15 September 2022. The book is edited by Rui da Silva, Centro de Estudos Africanos da Universidade do Porto; Theresa Adrião, Universidade Estadual de Campinas; Thibaut Lauwerier, Université de Genève; Rita Locatelli, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.

As the latest UNESCO GEM report outlines, education privatization has been growing over the last thirty years at different paces in all regions of the world, including in sub-Saharan Africa. This book aims at investigating the peculiar nature of education privatization in this region and how it differs from the trends occurring in other regions of the world. Indeed, several factors and rationales determine the involvement of non-state actors in education in different contexts. Moreover, since these actors are highly heterogenous and engaged in multiple ways, it is not always easy to distinguish between them and public or state actors.

It is therefore important to provide an accurate analysis of how education privatization is manifesting itself in this region and which agendas and policies foster its development. This is particularly important as sub-Saharan Africa is the region where issues of equity in education are more at stake, especially in light of the demographic trends which see an ever-increasing share of population accessing education.

This book will pay particular attention to primary and secondary school levels and will welcome contributions from experts and scholars who are carrying out research in Anglophone, Francophone and Lusophone sub-Saharan African countries, these last two being commonly underrepresented in research on education privatization. Indeed, this editorial project builds on the studies developed by the editors within the two networks: Latin American and African Network of Researchers in Privatization of Education (ReLAAPPe) and the Francophone Research Network on Privatization of Education (ReFPE).

For proposal format and timeline download the call for chapter proposals at the link below.

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