From Marrakech, where I am speaking at the Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank, I am very proud to share with you GBSN's most recent publication, "Cutting a Path to Prosperity - How Education Pioneers are Building Better Business Schools for the Developing World and Why."
The book opens with up-to-date evidence of why management education is a key ingredient of economic and social development. It then gives voice to ten builders of innovative and highly distinctive business schools in the developing world. They speak of their visions, of many obstacles they encountered, and of their success in growing institutions that produce the leaders, managers and entrepreneurs, which the developing world so badly needs. Alumni explain, in their own words, how management education improved their lives and their communities. The authors build on the main lessons of the pioneering schools, to shed light on the path ahead - how major stakeholders can work together to consolidate and scale up the progress achieved so far.
The book is a tribute to GBSN and its many friends who contributed their experiences. It is a tribute to our staff, who completed the book in time for our 10th Anniversary Celebration in Tunis, which is a few days from now. It is above all a tribute to the many deans and faculty in the "North" as well as the "South," whose persistent efforts have changed the face of business education for the developing world. Ten or fifteen years ago, only a handful of locally-relevant quality schools existed in the developing world. Thanks to them, today there are many successful models which can be adapted and replicated elsewhere.
The book ends with an appeal to the development community, to focus on growing the developing world's pool of well-trained managers and entrepreneurs. Closing the skills gap would be an innovative and very effective pillar of the new post-2015 Millennium Development Goals.
Guy Pfeffermann is the founder and CEO of the Global Business School Network.