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Thesis Format

Monograph

Degree

Master of Arts

Program

Education

Supervisor

Srivastava, Prachi

Abstract

The information and communications technology (ICT) field is an area in which non-state private (NSP) actors are currently involved. This master’s thesis focuses on the implementation and financing of ICT education initiatives in East Asia and the Pacific and South Asia by non-state private actors, with a focus on private foundations and impact investing actors. The study draws and uses data from an original regional-level database of NSP financers operating in the two regions, developed as part of a larger research program. It conducts a basic descriptive analysis within a descriptive case study research design, asking the main research question: What types of ICT initiatives in education are funded and implemented in East Asia and the Pacific and South Asia by non-state private actors?

Summary for Lay Audience

Globally, non-state private (NSP) sector engagement in education is an expanding field. The integration of information, communications technology (ICT) in education is a growing interest, as technologies play a large part of communication, accessing resources, and producing knowledge in the 21st Century. However, there is little research on the support of ICT initiatives in education in the Global South by NSP actors. The larger research program for this MA thesis on mapping NSP actors reveal that Asia specifically East Asia and the Pacific and South Asia, is attracting many NSP actors in the delivery of education initiatives. This thesis is a comparative study that examines the similarities and differences in the implementation and financing of ICT initiatives in education by NSP actors.

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