Listening to local voices? International targets and decentralised education planning in Nepal

Caddell, Martha (2005). Listening to local voices? International targets and decentralised education planning in Nepal. International Journal of Educational Development, 25(4) pp. 456–469.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijedudev.2005.04.010

Abstract

This article draws on a case study of district educational planning in Nepal to explore how education for all priorities and targets impact on educational practice at the sub-national level. It raises questions about the extent of local ownership of education and development targets and highlights the micro-politics of data collection exercises. Viewing targets from the ‘bottom-up’ allows a more contextualised understanding of their impact on education reform to be developed. The article concludes by questioning the value of target-driven initiatives in their current form. While targets may illuminate some aspects of our understanding of education reform, they mask the diversity of socio-political interests that intersect in the arena of schooling provision.

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