Lara Patil, NORRAG Advisor, recently published an article in the International Journal of Educational Development titled, “Disaster philanthropy: Exploring the power and influence of for-profit philanthropy in education development during pandemic times.”
Patil’s article describes the phenomenon of for-profit philanthropy during the COVID-19 pandemic. This “disaster philanthropy” creates a window of opportunity for elites to enact changes in public education based on their distinct donor and institutional agendas. Patil draws attention to four under-examined aspects of “disaster philanthropy” and discusses the implications for educational development (such as shifts in power, definitions, and public vs. private returns).
About the author: Lara Patil joined NORRAG as an advisor in July 2018. Her aim is to expand NORRAG’s research and capacity in the area of technology and educational development. Lara spent 10 years as an Education Strategist for Intel’s Corporate Affairs Group. In this role she was responsible for the strategic design, development, implementation and reporting of education policy and research initiatives. She represented Intel in multi-stakeholder partnerships for education. She also served as coordinator of the Private Sector and Foundations Constituency and member of the Country Grants and Performance Committee for the Global Partnership for Education. Lara holds a doctorate in education from Teachers College, Columbia University.