Odisha Girls Incentive Programme (OGIP) focuses on improving secondary school enrolment, attendance and completion rates of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe students in Odisha through a system of direct transfer of scholarship, organising learning hubs and safe transport. The programme is being implemented across all the 30 districts of Odisha. It will cover two cohorts of SC and ST girls studying in grades 9 and 10, respectively.
The project aims to develop a cost effective electronic system for efficient transfer of scholarship directly to the beneficiaries to:
- Enhance the transition of Scheduled Caste (SC) & Scheduled Tribe (ST) girls from grade 8 to 9 and grade 9 to 10.
- Enhance the attendance rates of SC and ST girls in grade nine and ten; increase the graduation rates of SC and ST girls to higher secondary education (i.e. from grade ten to eleven).
- Promote improved community and household cultural norms and attitudes to girls secondary education, build capacity of the Government institutions for improved delivery of the scheme and knowledge dissemination.
In addition, the project also aims to develop new evidence about, value for money and impact for global knowledge. Also, the project will pilot providing safe transport to school for girls (through PPP intervention) and test its impact on attendance rates.
Conducted primary surveys done as part of the baseline survey which included sample population surveys, facility survey of all schools with class 8, 9 and 10. In addition, collected information from secondary sources including District Information System for Education (DISE), Secondary Education Management Information System (SEMIS), Census of India, etc.
In addition, our approach included:
- M&E Strategy for the CCT Programme
- Community Mobilisation and Communication Strategy
- Piloting Safe Transport Options
- Process of Transfer of Funds to Beneficiaries
- Robust System for Accountability and Transparency
- Designing and implementing IT Systems
- Developed a single database across 30 districts of Odisha
- Designed the IT based cash transfer mechanism
- Transferred the scholarship amount to the eligible beneficiaries linked with the conditional 70% attendance
- Built community awareness about the incentive programme and importance of girls secondary schooling
- Developed a robust system for accountability and transparency
- Developed pilots on safe transport and Learning Hubs
- Smoothened hand over of the Cash incentive system to Government of Odisha
- Undertook Robust Monitoring, Evaluation and Dissemination
- Documented and disseminated the key learning from the programme and disseminate at the national and global level
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