In 2016, #GESS paid out more than 292 million South Sudanese Pounds to 127,214 girls throughout South Sudan, in the form of Cash Transfers. How was the money received? Cash Transfer beneficiaries, teachers and parents give us their account in this video that summarises the Cash Transfer process in 2016.    

What are cash transfers?

Cash transfers are direct payments made to girls enrolled in P5-S4 and regularly attending school, as evidenced by the South Sudan Schools Attendance Monitoring System (SSSAMS). They encourage girls to enrol in and attend school, help them to buy items they need to go to school - such as shoes, books and school uniform – and contribute to poverty reduction in the family and the community.

Who is eligible?

All girls enrolled in P5 to S4 and regularly attending school across South Sudan are eligible to receive cash transfers. In order to be eligible to receive a Cash Transfer, a girl must be shown to be enrolled in and regularly attending school based on data provided to www.sssams.org (South Sudan Schools’ Attendance Monitoring System). In 2016, despite the conflict, SSSAMS shows that more than 1.3m pupils are enrolled in school this year, including more than 560,000 girls - the highest enrolment ever recorded.

How much money does each girl receive?

Each eligible girl paid in the 2016 Academic Year will receive 2,300 SSP. This has increased from 320 SSP last year in order to reflect the depreciating value of the South Sudanese Pound and to take into account the impact of inflation.

What is the impact of cash transfers on the girls receiving them?

Cash transfers encourage girls to enrol in and regularly attend school, by enabling them to buy necessary items, or by reducing the opportunity cost to the family of the girl remaining in education rather than entering employment. This will allow girls to attain a higher level of education and improve their future opportunities. GESS also supports girls and boys through Capitation Grants to schools. These are funds available to all not-for-profit and low-cost private schools to supplement running costs, support improvements to educational quality and improve the school environment for girls, boys and teachers.   Read the newly released report by the Independent Commission for Aid Impact:  The effects of DFID’s cash transfer programmes on poverty and vulnerability

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