Kenneth King

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Kenneth King "was the Director of the Centre of African Studies and Professor of International and Comparative Education at the University of Edinburgh till September 2005. He spent a year in the University of Hong Kong, 2006/7 as Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Schools of Education, and of Arts. He is now Emeritus Professor in the School of Education and also of Social and Political Sciences. Much earlier he had taught at the University of Nairobi, and for four years he was seconded to Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Ottawa. From 1992 till 2005, his wife, Pravina, was the administrator of the Centre of African Studies, and was responsible for initiating the Centre’s African Scholarship and for the organisation of Scotland Africa ’97...

"He has edited for over 20 years an aid policy bulletin, called NORRAG NEWS (free on line at, which looks critically at education and training issues in the developing country and donor agency worlds.

He was a founder member of and is now a Trustee of the UK Forum on International Education and Training (UKFIET)." [1]

Major Monograph Publications

  • PanAfricanism and Education Oxford Studies in African Affairs, Clarendon, Oxford, 1971.
  • Pan-Africanism from Within, co-author with T Ras Makonnen, Oxford University Press, Nairobi 1972.
  • The African Artisan, Education and the Informal Sector, Heinemann, London, 1977.
  • Aid and Education in the developing world: the role of donor agencies in educational analysis, Longman, Harlow 1991.
  • Jua Kali Kenya: change and development in an informal economy 1970-1995, James Currey, London. 1996.
  • With Simon McGrath, Globalisation, enterprise and knowledge: education, training and development in Africa, Symposium Books, Oxford, 2002.
  • with Simon McGrath, Knowledge for development? Comparing British, Japanese, Swedish and World Bank aid, Zed Books, London, 2004.
  • With Palmer, Wedgwood, Hayman, and Thin, Educating out of poverty? A synthesis report on Ghana, India, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and South Africa, DFID Researching the Issues Series No.70. DFID: London, 2007.
  • With Robert Palmer, Planning technical and vocational skills development, Fundamentals in Educational Planning, IIEP, Paris, forthcoming 2009/2010.

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  1. Kenneth King, Centre of African Studies, accessed February 28, 2010.