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