Scaling up corporate social investments in education: five strategies that work

The engagement of the business community in global education brings new assets to traditional actors in the education sector and the potential for new partnerships. While corporations have traditionally not been very effective at demonstrating results and impact on education and learning in developing countries, lessons can be learned from successful models of corporate scaling up from other development sectors. Government policies, market forces, and philanthropy are not always optimal for making sure all young people have the quality education they deserve. However, developing mechanisms to advance the interests of private and public sector actors simultaneously with innovation can create scalable, systemic change. The opportunities for scalable action in education are clear: tens of millions of children are out of school, those enrolled are not learning, and young people are leaving school without the skills they need. Common to all of the examples of scaling up from various global development sectors are drivers that move piloted interventions to scale: ideas, vision, leadership, external catalysts and incentives, and accountability. As companies take the steps to assess their key assets, identify which educational challenges are most relevant to their business, and utilize the five principles of corporate investment, there is potential for scaling up in education in a meaningful way.

author
van Fleet, Justin W.
language
ENG
Institutions
Brookings Institution (USA)
date
2012
Pages
17 p.
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themes
International cooperation in education

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