Case study: Girls’ Education South Sudan

Cash transfers to individuals, operational funds for schools and clinics, efficiently and securely targeted, delivered and monitored.

Cash Transfers

For Girls’ Education South Sudan, funded by UK aid, as part of a consortium led by BMB Mott MacDonald, and working with Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Government of the Republic of South Sudan, we have designed, implemented, and seen into series operation a national programme of cash transfers for all girls in Primary 5 to Senior 4.

In 2014, more than 50,000 girls will receive transfers, and by 2018, half a million transfers will have been paid.

The system includes pupil admission registration, daily attendance monitoring by SMS from users’ own phones, and innovations in financial inclusion to minimise recipient costs.

Operational funds for schools and clinics

Also for Girls’ Education South Sudan, we have designed, implemented and supported into series operation a national programme of transfers of operational funds direct to schools. Almost 3,000 schools have opened bank accounts and passed accountability requirements in just nine months. GRSS now plans to roll the same approach out for health.

Leveraging donor and host government funds

GRSS budgets to put more funds through this system annually than the total annual cost of the GESS programme to UK aid.

Cash transfers to girls and their families and school capitation grants; how it works for Girls’ Education South Sudan.

  1. Schools submit Pupil Admission Register at the start of the academic year

  2. Schools take a Daily Attendance Register and report it by SMS

  3. SMSs are automatically decoded and the attendance data stored on sssams.org

  4. National, State and County officials use data on sssams.org to manage schools, plan and allocate resources

  5. Operational funding for schools and girls' cash transfers are paid out on the basis of the number of individuals enrolled and regularly reported attending