Wednesday, January 28, 2009

PUBL.- How NGOs React: Globalization and Education Reform in the Caucasus, Central Asia and Mongolia

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PUBL.- Globalization & Education Reform in the Caucasus, Cent. Asia & Mongolia

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How NGOs React: Globalization and Education Reform in the Caucasus,
Central Asia and Mongolia

Edited by Iveta Silova and Gita Steiner-Khamsi
Edition: illustrated
Published by Kumarian Press, Inc., 2008
ISBN 1565492579, 9781565492578
303 pages

Limited preview is available through Google Book:

- Critical retrospective on the first decades of the transition from
planned to free-market economy in Central Asia
- Contributions from both Eastern and Western scholars
- Includes both theoretical NGO research and practical examples taken
from experience

During the important, early years of post-socialist transformation in
the Caucasus, Central Asia, and Mongolia, the Open Society
Institute/Soros Foundation was arguably the largest and most
influential network in the region. "How NGOs React" follows the Soros
Foundation's educational reform programs there and raises larger
questions about the role of NGOs in a centralist government,
relationships NGOs have with international donors and development
banks, and strategies NGOs use to interpret global reforms locally.
The authors, all former or current educational experts of the Soros
Foundation, analyze "the post-socialist reform package" at the
country-level, highlighting the common features such as
decentralization, privatization, vouchers and liberalization of the
textbook publishing market. They look at the global reforms and their
variations as they were transferred to Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia,
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and
Uzbekistan over the past decade. A unique combination of perspectives
from Western as well as Eastern scholars based in the region makes
this collection an essential retrospective on key processes involved
in transforming educational systems since the collapse of the socialist bloc.

Contributors: Tatiana Abdushukurova, Erika Dailey, Valentin Deichman,
Natsagdorj Enkhtuya, Alexandr Ivanov, Saule Kalikova, Elmina
Kazimzade, Anna Matiashvili and Armenuhi Tadevosyan.

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