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Investing in the Girl Effect:  An analysis of transnational corporate investment in girls’ education

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This paper examines U.S.-based transnational corporate ‘investment’ in “the girl effect”:  “the ability of adolescent girls in developing countries to bring unprecedented economic and social change to their families, communities, and countries.”  As a new development practice, these investments position adolescent girls as a new “untapped” global resource for development.  Since 2004, U.S.-based transnational corporations and their foundations have grown increasingly influential in the field of girls’ education. While they bring an influx of new capital and other resources to the field, very little is known about their influence on global education policy and practice in girls’ education.  This paper draws on data collected during a two year, multi-sited ethnographic study of one corporate foundation’s partnerships with three types of development institutions in the U.S. and Brazil.  It will analyze how corporate philanthropic investment in the “girl effect” is constructed, contested, and negotiated on multiple scales by diverse actors and illuminate the possibilities, constraints, and implications of this new phenomenon.  The paper will propose a new theoretical framework for analyzing how and why corporations and their foundations are prioritizing adolescent girls and, ultimately, shaping policy and practice in the field of girls’ education.
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Moeller, Kathryn. "Investing in the Girl Effect:  An analysis of transnational corporate investment in girls’ education" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p493473_index.html>

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Moeller, K. "Investing in the Girl Effect:  An analysis of transnational corporate investment in girls’ education" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-26 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p493473_index.html

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Abstract: This paper examines U.S.-based transnational corporate ‘investment’ in “the girl effect”:  “the ability of adolescent girls in developing countries to bring unprecedented economic and social change to their families, communities, and countries.”  As a new development practice, these investments position adolescent girls as a new “untapped” global resource for development.  Since 2004, U.S.-based transnational corporations and their foundations have grown increasingly influential in the field of girls’ education. While they bring an influx of new capital and other resources to the field, very little is known about their influence on global education policy and practice in girls’ education.  This paper draws on data collected during a two year, multi-sited ethnographic study of one corporate foundation’s partnerships with three types of development institutions in the U.S. and Brazil.  It will analyze how corporate philanthropic investment in the “girl effect” is constructed, contested, and negotiated on multiple scales by diverse actors and illuminate the possibilities, constraints, and implications of this new phenomenon.  The paper will propose a new theoretical framework for analyzing how and why corporations and their foundations are prioritizing adolescent girls and, ultimately, shaping policy and practice in the field of girls’ education.


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