Twaweza partnered with HakiElimu, a well-known Tanzanian education advocacy organization, and the civil society consortium, Policy Forum, to monitor whether funds for secondary education actually reach schools.
On January 18, 2011, when the President of Tanzania launched the second Secondary Education Development Programme (SEDP II), the public paid close attention. The President promised that quality will be the main focus this time, and emphasized that increased resources will be sent to the school level to improve learning environments.
In a signed agreement, the Government committed to send each school 40% of the capitation grant (Tshs 10,000 of a total of 25,000) by the end of January 2011. The monitoring effort sought to establish whether these funds had reached the schools in full and on time.
The monitoring was done by citizens. HakiElimu used its nationwide network to check whether the capitation grant was received in schools, compile the information and keep it for verification. The Uwazi unit at Twaweza analyzed the information and produced a key report on the findings, which was launched at a Policy Forum breakfast talk in the presence of government officials and donors.
The results were grim: 93% of schools had not received any of the 2011 funds; and the few schools that did receive funds got less than Tshs 500, or 5% of the expected amount. But the good news is that news of the fact that this monitoring exercise was being done and media publicity around it seems to have prompted the Government to act; inside reports reaching Twaweza suggested tens of millions of dollars were disbursed to schools soon after the study. A follow-up study will be undertaken in the second half of 2011 to assess the reality at the school level.
You can get more background information over at Uwazi and The Citizen.
- Monitoring brief | 1.15 MB
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