Effectiveness of the right to quality education in Africa: challenges of privatization

Period: 2022-2023


The rise of privatization in education is a common reality throughout the world that has been demonstrated by numerous research studies over the last 15 years. While recognizing the diversity of forms of privatization and the blurring of public/private boundaries, the development of profit-making and fee-based education (commodification) contributes to the growth of inequalities and exclusion from education systems while at the same time diverting much-needed funds from public sector approaches that could achieve the goals of universality, equity, and quality as described in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Despite the high profile and mobilization of the topic in the Francophone space, there remains a significant lack of documentation and analysis of the scale, impact, and policy responses to the growth of private actors in education in Francophone countries, particularly in Africa. The lack of research in these contexts not only affects information gathering and analysis to build relevant national and international policies but also limits peer-to-peer exchanges and the visibility of the Francophone perspective in international debates.

In collaboration with the Francophone Research Network on Privatization of Education (ReFPE), analyses are underway to understand the role and positioning of international cooperation vis-à-vis education privatization in Africa.


  • Resources available at the end of 2022