BAICE 2013 Student Prize Winner, Bronwen Magrath

Bronwyn Magrath, winner of the 2013 BAICE Student Prize
Bronwen Magrath, winner of the 2013 BAICE Student Prize

BAICE is pleased to announce that the Student Prize for a paper presented at the 2013 UKFIET Conference has been awarded to Bronwen Magrath for her paper, ‘Information Politics and Transnational Activism in the Education for All Movement’.

Bronwen obtained her PhD from the University of Toronto in November 2013.  She completed a collaborative doctorate in Comparative, International and Development Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and the Dynamics of Global Change Program at the Munk School of Global Affairs.

Her broad research interests surround the role of non-state actors in global governance, the construction of transnational advocacy networks, and the emergence of the human-rights based approach as a global development norm. Her dissertation, entitled Advocacy as Political Strategy, examined the emergence of political advocacy as a preferred organizational strategy for non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the development education field.

Paper Abstract

This paper explores transnational activism within the “Education for All” (EFA) movement, looking specifically at the strategic use of information and research by transnational advocacy organizations. Through a comparative case-study examination of two international NGOs within the EFA movement – the Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE) and ActionAid International – I discuss how information about education is gathered, generated and disseminated for advocacy purposes, and what this tells us about the internal dynamics and strategies of these organizations. In particular, I focus on the ways these organizations translate grassroots evidence into regional and global policy fora, and raise questions about how this translation process impacts the legitimacy of advocacy NGOs and the power structures between NGO headquarters and their grassroots membership.