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Dr Prachi Srivastava

Associate Professor, WESTERN UNIVERSITY

Effect of COVID-19 / Corona Virus on global education; international development, global education, social and economic development in India, privatization, social science research, global philanthropy


Quality Education for All: Are Low-Cost Private Schools the Answer? [Debate WISE 2014]

A debate on the appropriateness of low-fee private schooling in the Global South. WISE, Doha, Qatar, November 2014.

Smackdown Debate - Help or Hindrance: are low-cost private schools helping achieve quality education for all in Africa?

World Bank, Africa Knowledge Fest 2017, February 22, 2017Television


Educational Planning in a Time of Coronavirus, FreshEd Podcast, March 30, 2020Radio/Podcast


How can governments respond to the largest mass disruption of education in history? What lessons can high-income countries learn from low-income countries and conflict-affected and emergency contexts? What are some alternative measures to online instruction? What are the equity issues?

Private or Public: Does the proliferation of low-fee/low-cost private schools improve or impede learning for all? UNESCO IIEP Learning PortalRadio/Podcast


Low-fee private schools and poor children: what do we really know?

The Guardian, August 12, 2015Print


Does low-fee private schooling offer the best chance for the poor? Prachi Srivastava responds to The Economist’s pro-private school article

COVID-19 and the Global Education Emergency

From Poverty to PowerOnline


We are witnessing the largest mass education disruption in history, affecting 1 billion children and youth or 50% of the global population of this group. Temporary school closures are unrealistic. What do we do? I discuss steps forward based on my professional experience of working in conflict- and emergency contexts.


Dr. Prachi Srivastava is tenured Associate Professor in global education at the University of Western Ontario, and a Member of the World Bank Expert Advisory Council on Citizen Engagement. She has provided research evidence to the European Commission, Global Affairs Canada, the Inter-Parliamentary Union at the United Nations, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), UNESCO, UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Education for All, UK Department for International Development (DFID), and the World Bank, and has been commissioned by DFID, the European Commission, and UNESCO. Previously, she served with the United Nations Mission in Kosovo and the International Rescue Committee in conflict-affected and emergency contexts. She has been interviewed and contributed to a number of national and international media outlets on global education and political issues, including The Economist, The Guardian, Devex, Vrij Nederland, L’actualité, CBC Radio-Canada. Dr. Srivastava holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford.

Additional Titles and Affiliations

Member, World Bank Expert Council on Citizenship Engagement

Adjunct Professor, Centre for Global Studies, Huron College

Visiting Senior Fellow, Centre for International Education, University of Sussex (UK)

Adjunct Professor, School of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa


  • International development
  • Global education
  • Social and economic development in India
  • Privatization
  • Social science research
  • Global philanthropy


  • University of Oxford
    Doctor of Philosophy