Education and poverty in the global development agenda: Emergence, evolution and consolidation

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The objective of this paper is to analyse the role of education and poverty in the current global development agenda. It intends to analyse the emergence, evolution and consolidation of a global agenda, which attributes a key role to education in the fight against poverty. With this objective, the paper addresses four main issues: first, it analyses the context in which the emergence of the agenda must be placed, analysing specifically the changes generated by globalisation; second, it focuses on the role of the actors, and especially on the role of the World Bank in setting the agenda; third, it explains the consolidation of the agenda by the Education for All Conferences and the Millennium Development Goals; finally it presents some of the main limitations of the hegemonic agenda. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)204-212
JournalInternational Journal of Educational Development
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2010


  • Development
  • Education and poverty
  • Educational policy
  • Global agenda
  • International organisms


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