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The Benefits of Japan’s Development Assistance For Primary Education in Bangladesh: Does Japanese ODA Increase the Schooling Promotion?

  • Korean Society and Public Administration
  • Abbr : KSPA
  • 2018, 28(4), pp.261-283
  • Publisher : Seoul Association For Public Administration
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Administration

Yoonseock Lee 1 Yoshida Hiroshi 2 Yoonmin Kim 1

1계명대학교
2Tohoku University

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ABSTRACT

This article examines the benefits of foreign aid for primary education in Bangladesh by analyzing data collected by one of its donors, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). We found that the JICA program increased the rate of students continuing or completing their primary schooling. This means that the provision of a teaching package via the JICA has improved the quality of education: the results of the study are a result of a statistical analysis at the individual-level and from the results of school and macro-level data over time demonstrating that there was an improvement in childrens’ learning at the targeted schools in the program. We conclude that in the long term, this program has had a positive effect on the improvement and accumulation of human capital in Bangladesh, which, in turn, could contribute to the country’s economic growth along with social and environmental reforms. Current Korean ODA to Bangladesh lacks projects or programs that regards primary education although the necessity is well acknowledged by the Korean Government. Thus, there should be increase of focus in the sector, and the direction of the implementation should reflect the lessons learned from the Japanese cases.

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