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The Problem of Education and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

December 2017
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  • Publisher
    UCL IOE Press
  • Published
    28th December 2017
  • ISBN 9781782772330
  • Language English
  • Pages 38 pp.
  • Size 5.5" x 8.25"

African governments and donor partners have long regarded investment in education as being central to economic growth in the region – but this investment is yet to achieve rapid economic improvement. Why is that? And what should be done to better realize that goal? In this lecture Professor Oketch addresses the compelling narrative of human capital theory – the doctrine, underpinning public policy world-wide, that investment in education is instrumental for economic growth – and what we can learn from its application in sub-Saharan Africa. Drawing on evidence from across several different aspects of education policy, he argues that however commanding the theory is, it remains tacit if the actual implementation of policies isn’t effective.

Moses Oketch

Moses Oketch is Professor of International Education Policy and Development at the UCL Institute of Education, where he also co-directs the Centre for Education and International Development.