The State of the World's Children 2004

Education and human development

Heward, Christine and Sheila Bunwaree, eds., 'Gender, Education and Development: Beyond access to empowerment', Zed Books, London and New York, 1999.
This book uses case studies from selected countries to explore girls’ experience of education in the developing world. It critiques the World Bank’s approach to women’s education as a mechanism to stimulate economic growth, and it offers theoretical perspectives on the role of gender in development.

Jones, Phillip W., 'World Bank Financing of Education: Lending, learning and development', Routledge, London and New York, 1992.
This book provides a historical overview of the World Bank’s support for educational projects in developing countries since it began lending in this area in 1962. The evolution of the Bank as an international financial institution, beginning with its founding in 1946, is explored with an eye to evaluating later programmes and policies.

King, Elizabeth M. and M. Anne Hill, eds., 'Women’s Education in Developing Countries: Barriers, benefits and policies', Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Maryland, 1993.
This book highlights the benefits of women’s education to human development and examines how families make decisions about educating girls. The authors document the incredible returns on the investment in women’s education – improved health, higher income, and improved well-being of the family. They present regional analyses from sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, East Asia, South Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean to bolster their theory.

Tomasevski, Katarina, 'Education Denied: Costs and remedies', Zed Books, London and New York, 2003.
Arguing for a human rights-based approach to education, this book indicts governments and the international community for their failure to provide schooling to all children. A history of educational funding and successful strategies is presented, together with a discussion of the gender gap in education and the relationship between gender parity in schools and gender equality in society.

United Nations Development Programme, 'Arab Human Development Report 2003: Building a knowledge society', UNDP, New York, 2003.
This report presents a comprehensive overview of human development in the Arab States with a special emphasis on education and knowledge. Topics include the history of education in Arab nations, contemporary knowledge acquisition and dissemination, the role of women, and education as a precondition for sustainable development.
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World Bank, ‘Education and Development Brochure’, World Bank, Washington, D.C., 2002.
This brochure summarizes the contributions of education to human and economic development. It emphasizes the centrality of education to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and highlights education’s return on investment for the individual and society.
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World Bank, 'Opening Doors: Education and the World Bank', World Bank, Washington, D.C., 2002.
This publication provides the framework for the World Bank’s support for educational programmes. It describes the Bank’s goals, policy objectives, perspective on education in relationship to a broader development agenda, and its rationale for investing in education – particularly education’s ability to produce gains in human development.
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