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Privatization, choice and competition: The World Bank's reform agenda for vocational education and training in sub-Saharan Africa

  • Paul Bennell

    (Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK)

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    This article assesses the extent to which the reform strategy presented in the World Bank's 1991 Sector Policy paper on vocational education and training (VET) has been implemented in Sub-Saharan Africa. The two main conclusions are, (1) to date, only a small group of countries in Africa have seriously attempted to implement the Bank's reform agenda for skills training; and (2) as currently conceived, it is unlikely that demand-led VET systems and related policies will be successfully introduced in most SSA countries.

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    Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Journal of International Development.

    Volume (Year): 8 (1996)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 467-487

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    Handle: RePEc:wly:jintdv:v:8:y:1996:i:3:p:467-487
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    1. Levin, Henry M., 1992. "Market approaches to education: Vouchers and school choice," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 11(4), pages 279-285, December.
    2. Psacharopoulos, George & Ying Chu Ng, 1992. "Earnings and education in Latin America : assessing priorities for schooling investments," Policy Research Working Paper Series 1056, The World Bank.
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