Sous la direction de Adebayo Olukoshi & Mohamed Chérif Diarra. ISBN: 2-86978-205-5; ISBN 13: 9782869782051; 147 pages,
This volume highlights the proceedings of the two policy dialogue conferences held by the CODESRIA
Working Group on Finance and Education (WGFE) in 2004.
Part I of the book discusses the endemic crisis that has beset
higher education in Africa since the outset of the post-colonial period. It highlights the critical state of higher education
systems in Burkina Faso, Mali, Nigeria and Senegal by scrutinizing the causes, manisfestations and consequences of the crisis
to posit useful recommendations and possible solutions.
Part II is a comprehensive review of the challenges facing the
financing and planning of all levels and types of education — from kindergarten to graduate school — in selected African
countries. The papers reveal the sources and mechanisms of funding education in Africa, drawing attention to the experi-
ences of communities confronted with new funding sources. A new trend, which consists of designing decade-long
educational development plans, has emerged and is rapidily expanding in numerous African countries. This experience is
examined and shared by the authors.