Information and transparency: school report cards in sub-Saharan Africa

Jonathan Dupain, Lena Thuphuong Nguyen

Information and Transparency: School report cards in Sub-Saharan Africa

Can transparency and accountability be improved by publishing school-level data and sharing it with school stakeholders, and does this help to fight corruption effectively? As school report cards are being developed in a growing number of countries across sub-Saharan Africa, the question is all the more relevant given that the available data and evidence on the subject remain fragmented. This study examines 21 initiatives in 13 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, and analyzes seven of them in detail through interviews with the project managers. It illustrates the diversity of approaches by distinguishing between initiatives designed to improve management and those that aim to foster dialogue between schools and the local community. Detailed recommendations for decision makers are made in the conclusion. They include the need to consider the issue of resource tracking when designing school report cards, to better take into account the rights of citizens to express their expectations and to identify appropriate solutions, and also to increase the reactivity and responsiveness of public authorities to issues raised.

Ethics and corruption in education
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