Publication Date: 2007
United Nations Children's Fund: Regional Office for South Asia (UNICEF ROSA)
This study consists of three linked case studies, from Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka, as well as a synthesis report. Each of the country case studies explored how education programmes supported through a Sector-Wide Approach (SWAp) are conceptualizing and addressing issues of social exclusion and gender inequality, and with what results. A central understanding of the study has been that social exclusion and gender inequality are deeply intertwined with poverty in the South Asia context. The move towards SWAps has a clear theoretical potential to strengthen equity and inclusion in the provision of quality education – this study aimed to make a contribution to our understanding of how far this is the case in practice, and how further improvements might be made.