Final report on the 2008/09 pilots: Decentralized education finance in Fayoum, Ismailia, and Luxor
In April, 2009, Government of Egypt money flowed from the MOE Diwan, to the mudiriyas of Fayoum, Ismailia, and Luxor via a pro-poor funding formula. The money that each pilot mudiriya received was then transferred to their respective idaras via another funding formula. Once there, the money that each idara received was sent down to their respective schools via yet another funding formula. Every school in the pilot governorates put together plans and budgets for how they would spend the money that the funding formula allocated to them. Those plans/budgets were formally approved and the school then spent the money according to the plans/budgets. The amount of money allocated to each school, the rationale behind it, the plans and budgets, and the expenditures, were all
posted in a public place for every member of the school and the community it serves to see. An assessment of the effort reveals that this pilot was a tremendous success: schools received what the funding formula said they would receive, schools spent the money, and there were no indications whatsoever of any mis-spending. The lessons-learned from this pilot have been used to improve the implementation and performance of the 2009/10 pilot taking place in the same governorates.