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ERIC Number: EJ980128
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1443-1475
The Wheel Keeps Turning: A Critical Reflection on PIC Partnerships in Educational Development
Fox, Christine
International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives, v10 n2 p23-37 2011
Current government discourses on partnerships tend to assume an uncritical belief in the existence of equal ownership and equal power relations between development partners and partner governments. The rhetoric of shared visions, common strategic directions or complementary approaches to development in the Pacific begs the question of how such visions and directions are interpreted by the "partners", and especially how ideas look once they become funded development projects/programmes. This paper takes a critical postcolonial perspective of practice, past and present, and explores whether these partnerships are "working" or whether the wheel of international development assistance goes round and round without much visible change. The author first examines the topic from a theoretical and policy perspective. She then utilises examples from her experience in Pacific education as consultant and researcher, using Samoa as an illustrative case. (Contains 4 footnotes and 1 figure.)
Australian and New Zealand Comparative and International Education Society. ANZCIES Secretariat, Curtin University, Box U1987, Perth, WA Australia. Tel: +61-8-9266-7106; Fax: +61-8-9266-3222; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Samoa