Independent Impact Study of the School Improvement Grant (SIG) in Zimbabwe
In 2020, grants were received by over 4500 schools across Zimbabwe, representing more than half the schools in the country.
There is clear persuasive evidence that the School Improvement Grant (SIG) reaches the most fragile schools in Zimbabwe and has contributed to, and enhanced, the learning environment for pupils at these schools. The grant has improved the physical conditions of schools and has been effective in helping ensure school functionality. The responsiveness and adaptability of the SIG program has led to criteria that ensure the SIG is funding the right things, and its strong developmental thrust ensures its benefits will endure. In 2020, grants were received by over 4500 schools across Zimbabwe, representing more than half the schools in the country. The grant is principally targeted towards the schools with the lowest incomes: over 90% of schools with an average annual income of less than 15,000 USD received the SIG in 2020. The report was possible with funding from KFW and technical support from FCDO under the Education and Development Fund (EDF) with Global Partnership for Education (GPE).