Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, the nearly $50 million “Bar Ama Baro” (“Teach or Learn” in Somali), will target Somali out-of-school children and youth ages 8 to 15 to increase student enrollment, create safe learning spaces and improve literacy, numeracy and socio-emotional skills. Under Creative’s direction, Bar Ama Baro will be implemented with Save the Children, ORB International, Charlie Goldsmith Associates and SIL LEAD. Bar Ama Baro builds on Somalia’s new national curriculum, Education Sector Strategic Plan, and National Development Plan-9 which lay out a stronger, inclusive vision for education.
We are supporting a consortium led by Link Community Development, who will work with girls aged 14-19 years without functional literacy or numeracy and marginalised further due to early pregnancy, early marriage or disability. They will participate in an accelerated curriculum, approved by the Ministry of Education, and a choice of vocational or academic pathways thereafter. CGA is developing a tablet-based app to monitor each girls’ daily attendance through all pathways and to send automated alerts to relevant partners and staff in the event that this falls to a low level, with a subsequent online log of follow up actions to support each person. The data collected will also be used to enable adaptive management techniques, such as automated analysis of participation and transition and how this correlates to each girls’ circumstances so that programme delivery can be tailored accordingly.
We are leading two subcomponents of the Malawi Education Sector Improvement Programme: developing a tablet-based app for zonal EMIS officers to monitor pupil and teacher enrolment, attendance and use of time, with automated reports to local and national government; and developing a two-way voice and SMS platform to enable the Ministry to communicate with and receive messages from community members on issues affecting education delivery in their area.
Eighteen-month programme to improve equitable access to primary education by funding monthly incentives for 30,000 primary school teachers worth $40 a month.
As Perivoli Schools Trust expands, we are supporting them to standardise data collection and management tools, ensuring data collected can tell the story of their success across multiple countries. We have developed a new online database, which will link to their website to update data displayed there. We are in the process of developing a tablet based data collection tool, which will be used in three countries in early 2019 and, in the interim, have revised and standardised existing paper-based data collection forms in Namibia and Malawi.
Five-year programme to get girls going to school, staying in school, and learning in school, and to directly benefit more than 200,000 individual girls. Funded by DFID, working with Ministry of General Education and Instruction, Government of the Republic of South Sudan, consortium led by BMB Mott MacDonald. We are the technical lead on systems for capitation grants to all schools, cash transfers to all girls in P6-S4, and attendance monitoring.
CGA is supporting the World University Service Canada (WUSC) and partners to design and develop a Cash Transfers management system for use in its Kenya Equity in Education Project (KEEP) II, with support from the Girls' Education Challenge (GEC) Fund. KEEP II will support girls in refugee camps and host communities in northern Kenya, promoting equitable access to education.
Under the World Bank funded Public Service Modernisation Project (PSMP), we are supporting the Government of Lesotho to undertake a nationwide Biometric & Payroll Census (BPC), to verify ~50,000 public officers in 27 ministries (all except the Lesotho Defence Force and National Security Service) at national and local levels. The result will be to improve the integrity of human resources and payroll data, through the development of a new BPC database. Our database will interface seamlessly with existing Ministry of Public Service and Ministry of Home Affairs databases, complementing the ongoing national registration exercise by the latter. We are developing secure, bespoke tools for data collection, verification, analysis, reporting and integration.
We are Developing a County Project Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation and Reporting software for Elgeyo Marakwet County. This is a first phase to design and develop a County Projects implementation, monitoring and evaluation and reporting software for the County Government of Elgeyo Marakwet. The system shall be a tool to monitor implementation progress based on pre-set target indicators. It will have feature for reporting progress and post implementation evaluations and impact assessments.In a second phase the software shall be implemented and tested.
In partnership with the Ministry of Health, a mapping of partner activities in the health sector in South Sudan, a mapping of the information systems in use by various actors and a survey of a sample of health facilities covering clinical services, human resources, and public financial management.
We conducted a thorough assessment of the ways in which HRH information is managed in the six States in which MNCH2 works, comparing the current situation with National and global standards for HRH data management, and to any existing policy or guidance at National or State level. CGA carried out review of HRH systems (electronic and paper-based) in place at National, State, LGA and facility level, and set out a fully costed workplan for MNCH2 to integrate, upgrade and support HRH.
Pilot project to roll-out a Human Resources Information System for teachers in two States of South Sudan
As part of the joint UKAID / USAID ACCELERE! programme we are carrying out activities around georeferencing of schools and bureaux gestionnaires, real-time data mapping, and EMIS evaluation.
Led by the Columbia Group for Children in Adversity, we provided support to UNICEF to develop and implement guidance on strengthening child protection routine M&E systems.
Evaluation of Education Management Information System, Somalia
Support to Rwanda Education Board in implementing an SMS-based attendance monitoring system, called Ndi Hano! (I am here!) in schools in selected Regions. Working with Education for Change, funded by DFID.
Support to World Vision Ethiopia's child protection project information systems to monitor beneficiary and household data amongst three partners, using a synchronising database suitable for a low-connectivity environment.
Support for World Vision Cambodia's child protection project information systems to monitor beneficiary and household data which is collected via mobile devices and synchronised to an online database.
Working with Ecorys BV, funded by the EU, CGA contributed to the audit of the South Sudan Electronic Payroll System.
We developed a synchronising database, suitable for low-connectivity environments, to hold education project data for Save the Children South Sudan.
We were funded by the Joint Donor Team for South Sudan to continue to provide support to the South Sudan Electronic Payroll System, which we had helped the government set up and roll-out over the preceding four years, and through which 150,000 public servants' pay, across more than 300 institutions, is processed every month, and which GRSS has since sustained without external support for over two years.
In Sierra Leone, under Options UK and funded by DFID, our team supported the Ministry of Health and Sanitation's Human Resources for Health Directorate as well as broader central government, to set up and run an Attendance Monitoring system, and improve HR and Payroll information, to standards needed for DFID and Global Fund support to new higher health staff salaries to be released, and sustain data and reporting quality.
Support to Sierra Leone's Ministry of Health and Sanitation, funded by the National AIDS Secretariat/Global Fund, we continued the support and capacity building for the monthly pay and attendance management system. This included technical support to Global Fund for payment of allowances for health workers based in rural locations.
Our team, first as part of Booz & Company (2008-2011), and then, from mid-2011, as Charlie Goldsmith Associates, subcontracted by Booz, helped the Government of the Republic of South Sudan (and its pre-independence predecessor) to set up and roll out the South Sudan Electronic Payroll System (SSEPS), starting from education and health, and then rolling out across the whole public service. 150,000 public servants' pay, across more than 300 institutions, is processed through SSES every month, and GRSS has now sustained it without external support for over two years. SSEPS has been a flagship practical public financial management reform, and has made possible major increases in resources for health and education pay.