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A Comparison of the Implementation of the BMGF Global Education Program in two Indian and Sub-Sahara African Contexts

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Vollmer, Maria Theresa:
A Comparison of the Implementation of the BMGF Global Education Program in two Indian and Sub-Sahara African Contexts.
Event: Winter School 2023 der DGfE-Kommission Vergleichende und Internationale Erziehungswissenschaft (VIE) (SIIVE), "Der Vergleich als Methode in einer zunehmend fluiden Welt" , 30.11.-01.12.23 , Leibniz-Institut für Bildungsforschung und Bildungsinformation (DIPF), Frankfurt am Main.
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The project is situated in comparative education research and focuses on capacity building endeavours of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) in Sub-Sahara Africa and in India within their Global Education Program (GEP) (BMGF, 2023). The idea of the project is to conduct a cross-case analysis in Kenya and India with the focus set on the ed-tech space and its education practices and concepts. The objective is to investigate differences and communalities in how the programme is rolled out. Research questions are: How is the BMGF GEP implemented in Kenya and in India? What is happening in the contexts that participate in the programme? What kind of educational concepts inform the BMGF and the participating actors?
For conducting a qualitative comparison, I take Hilker’s and Bereday’s model of four steps as starting point (Bereday, 1961; Adick, 2008, 2014, 2019). Qualitative empirical research as e.g., document analysis, expert interviews and participant observation (case-study field work) (Mayring 2015; Schreier 2014; Howard 2002; Forsey 2008; Desmond 2014) shall be conducted in each contexts. The project approaches the topic with a relational (White, 2008; Häußling, 2010; Castaneda & Williamson 2021), culture-including (Clemens, 2015; Eppard, et al., 2021) perspective. This enables me to conduct comparative education research as reflexive and culture-sensitive as possible.
This research is of relevance as global actors present concept offers, which challenge local actors to position themselves. Existing dimensions of injustice and tensions between the Global North and the Global South are growing. The gain of the research is acquiring knowledge on how foundations and their partners shape educational practices and theory.

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Item Type: Conference item (Speech)
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Comparison; comparative education research; India; Sub-Sahara Africa; capacity building; philanthropy; Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Chair General Education Science > Chair General Education Science- Univ.-Prof. Dr. Iris Clemens
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 370 Education
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2023 06:44
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2023 06:44