Justification of the research
Over the past decades, an outstanding trend has been the growth of private sector involvement in the financing and provision of education at a global scale, which is altering profoundly the way education is governed. Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) are one of the main policy proposals under this rapidly emerging trend. International organizations with great capacity to shape educational agendas, including the World Bank and regional development banks are advocating the introduction of PPPs in education to enhance users capacity to choose, to increase competition among different providers and to benefit the education experience of the poorest. Policies that promote competition by directly funding the educational demand (a la vouchers) and creating charter schools (independent private providers publicly funded) are the most significant measures of PPP reforms being disseminated today.
Latin America is the world region that has embraced PPP reforms more enthusiastically, and where private sector enrolment has increased further in both primary and secondary education in the last decades. The EDUPARTNER research project analyzes the emergence and evolution of PPP policies globally, as well as its enactment and impact in a sample of countries of the Latin-American region. The EDUPARTNER project has been developed between the years 2012 and 2016.