The Girls’ Education South Sudan (GESS) project aims to increase
enrolment, retention and levels of achievement for girls in South Sudan.
This review finds good progress on all three outputs. The continuing
insecurity in the three Greater Upper Nile States has clearly impacted
project progress, and a programme level Interim Strategy has been put in
place to ensure GESS is able to deliver in these states. Overall
progress has been generally at or above expectations in remaining
GESS has very strong ownership by both National and State governments. A
significant achievement of the programme has been the gradual funding of
all Capitation Grants by the Government of the Republic of South Sudan
GESS is strongly placed to support and influence other major programmes.
Its key advantages are its specific focus on girls, its national
coverage with presence in all states and its engagement across a number
of key sectoral areas. Close engagement with other Development Partners
(e.g. through technical working groups, scoping and design activities,
monitoring and review processes and dissemination of its knowledge,
research and evidence work) provides entry points for GESS to ensure
efforts and resources fully take into account the education of girls,
both outside and inside school.
Cunningham, R. Assignment Report: Annual Review - Summary Sheet. Girls’ Education South Sudan (GESS). HEART, UK (2015) 24 pp.