The role and impact of private schools in developing countries

Bibliography and literature reviews
April 2014
Laura Day Ashley, Claire Mcloughlin, Monazza Aslam, Jakob Engel, Joseph Wales, Shenila Rawal, Richard Batley, Geeta Kingdon, Susan Nicolai and Pauline Rose
This piece of research is the first in a series funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) that seeks to review the literature around non-state education provision in developing countries. The series includes an analysis of religious schools, NGO-funded schools and community schools. 

This review focuses upon private school education. The research question asks: can private schools improve education for children in developing countries?

The conceptual framework set out a number of hypotheses and assumptions that underpin the polarised debate about the potential and real contribution of private schools. These are interrogated through a rigorous and objective review of the evidence and findings are mapped on to an evidenced theory of change.