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From girls to the poor

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From girls to the poor
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understanding changes in a conditional cash transfer education stipend project in Bangladesh
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Schaeffing
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Alison Horton
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1985-
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David Asher
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Rutgers University
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This dissertation critically examines the history and administration of the Secondary Education Stipend Project (SESP) in Bangladesh, a conditional cash transfer (CCT) education stipend program targeted at female and poor students in rural Bangladesh. Based on ten months of ethnographic field work within the Ministry of Education in Dhaka, and supplemented with interviews and discourse analysis from Sweco Consultants in Copenhagen and the World Bank in Washington D.C., this mixed-methods multi-sited institutional ethnography demonstrates that international discourse surrounding 'best practices' and technologies of development interact with local development processes in complex and transformative ways, which may foreclose more democratic development possibilities. I trace the history of the program alongside a directed intervention into the complex development history of Bangladesh, demonstrating how particular processes and conjunctures produced openings into which development expertise, technical assistance, and international financing intervened. I demonstrate how these international development practices and discourses have altered the trajectory of this project in consequential and, I argue, problematic ways. This work emphasizes the need to reconsider the notion of preconceived best practices in development, as I demonstrate the inherent flaws in approaching development interventions with pre-designed technologies. I argue that the World Bank's relentless pursuit for and proliferation of best practice technologies of development, and the corresponding reporting practices, are part of an ongoing need to remain legitimate, elite, and relevant. This work also demonstrates how this particular expert-led technology of development has reconfigured state power, and altered how participants and non-participants understand and enact their agency and engagement with the state.
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Education--Bangladesh
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Women--Education (Secondary)--Bangladesh
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by Alison Horton Schaeffing
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I hereby grant to the Rutgers University Libraries and to my school the non-exclusive right to archive, reproduce and distribute my thesis or dissertation, in whole or in part, and/or my abstract, in whole or in part, in and from an electronic format, subject to the release date subsequently stipulated in this submittal form and approved by my school. I represent and stipulate that the thesis or dissertation and its abstract are my original work, that they do not infringe or violate any rights of others, and that I make these grants as the sole owner of the rights to my thesis or dissertation and its abstract. I represent that I have obtained written permissions, when necessary, from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis or dissertation and will supply copies of such upon request by my school. I acknowledge that RU ETD and my school will not distribute my thesis or dissertation or its abstract if, in their reasonable judgment, they believe all such rights have not been secured. I acknowledge that I retain ownership rights to the copyright of my work. I also retain the right to use all or part of this thesis or dissertation in future works, such as articles or books.
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