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Mobilizing the Private Sector for Public Education
A PEPG - World Bank Conference
October 5-6, 2005

Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

This conference focused on the public-private partnerships in education in the context of both developing and developed countries and the efficacy of such initiatives. The event attracted many of the foremost economists, political scientists, policymakers and practitioners with an interest in education policy.

Papers presented at the conference analyzed vouchers in Colombia and Chile, charter schools in the United States, concession schools in Colombia, and education contracting and teacher absenteeism in public and private schools in developing countries. Participants also discussed the role of the World Bank, IFC, and other development partners in fostering a public-private partnership in education and the theoretical arguments behind mobilizing the private sector. In addition, the event explored the creation of a research program on public-private partnerships in education, with an emphasis on contracting models.

This conference was supported by CfBT, the John M. Olin Foundation, the International Finance Corporation, and the World Bank Institute.