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ERIC Number: ED432518
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 15
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Organizational Learning in International Development Agencies: The Case of Girls' Education.
Stromquist, Nelly P.
A study examined the extent and significance of organizational learning in international development agencies (IDAs) concerning gender and education; the manner in which IDAs learn; and the factors that create obstacles to learning. Research was divided into four steps: (1) tracing the relevant academic literature on organizational change; (2) contacting consultancy firms in the field and obtaining a selection of reports from organizations that have developed learning strategies; (3) analyzing agency reports and projects to trace their conceptions of development and the provision of development assistance materials; and (4) interviewing personnel in selected IDAs. A group of two bilateral and three multilateral agencies was contacted, and data were obtained by means of semi-structured interviews with persons covering a variety of roles and responsibilities. Agency visits were limited to 3-4 days. The case study on organizational learning in girls' education took researchers through an examination of policies, structures, processes, and cultural norms. Much of the transformation in IDAs to address girls' education, and gender in general, has come from outside sources and outside pressure rather than through the internal realization that some elements in development assistance were missing. Training has been provided on gender, but it has been short and voluntary. So far, the kind of learning that goes on in IDAs emphasizes improving practices and refining rules and procedures rather than questioning the principles in use. Contains 5 notes and 18 references. (BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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