Last week on the Ask CFR Experts feature, I took on the question of how Zimbabwe and other African countries can best improve educational quality. Noting that educational failures are often due as much to corruption as to scarce resources, I recommended greater transparency in school expenditures. As I write:
A simple but effective strategy to improve educational outcomes is budget transparency, which allows parents and students to hold officials accountable for spending resources wisely and teachers accountable for delivering services. Transparency means making information about educational expenditures widely available to parents and communities, so they can compare the resources promised with those that are actually delivered.