Improving school financing: the use and usefulness of school grants: lessons from Timor-Leste

English, French
United Nations Children's Fund
IIEP research brief
4 p.

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About the publication

IIEP conducted research in Timor-Leste in 2013 on the use and usefulness of the country's school grants policy. 'School grants' are grants transferred from the central government to schools as part of a system-wide approach. Grant funds must arrive at the school level as financial, rather than material resources, and schools must have some autonomy to make spending decisions. Through a series of interviews with district education officers, school superintendents, teachers, students, parents, and others, 16 school visits, and data analysis of financial reports, the research analysed the design and implementation of the school grants policy in the country. This research was carried out by the National University of Timor-Leste (UNTL), in collaboration with the Ministry of Education (MoE) and UNICEF Timor-Leste, under the overall coordination of IIEP-UNESCO and UNICEF's East Asia and Pacific Regional Office (EAPRO).