Higher Education and Global Poverty: University Partnerships and the World Bank in Developing Countries

by Christopher S. Collins


"Collins applies a fresh lens and sound recommendations to addressing global development and poverty reduction. Most significantly, he has done so in a way that bridges many gaps and elevates the critical reality that it is our humanity, our interconnectedness, and our existing assets that could, and should, shape our capacity building trajectory."– Teachers College Record

“This book offers a well-researched, balanced, and instructive critique of World Bank involvement with university development in Uganda and Thailand. As a former (now retired) World Bank higher education specialist, I have seen numerous assessments of the Bank's work in higher education, but few of these have been informed by field-based fact gathering. A rare resource in this analysis is its combination of in-depth interviews with key staff from the World Bank, beneficiary governments and their universities with a comparison of country case experiences. The result comes as close as any I have seen to penetrating the fog of complexity and contradictory understandings that surround much of the Bank's work on higher education.” - Dr. William Saint, World Bank higher education specialist (retired)


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