Women’s Empowerment in Action: Evidence from a Randomized Control Trial in Africa

Through this experimental design, 3,522 females 14-20 from 150 communities in Iganga, Jinja, Kampala and Mukono district of Uganda were followed from 2008 to 2012 to assess the impact on women’s socioeconomic empowerment. Results found the BRAC’s Empowerment and Livelihood for Adolescents (ELA) Program transferable across countries, scalable and cost-effective, with minor adjustments. ELA participants were nearly twice as likely to engage in income-generating activities; their wage employment increased by 45% and annual earnings by threefold. In addition to that, in only two years, the fertility rates among ELA participants were cut by 24%.

Authors: Bandiera, Oriana; Buehren, Niklas; Burgess, Robin; Goldstein, Markus; Gulesci, Selim; Rasul, Imran; Sulaiman, Munshi
Type: Journal Article
Year: 2020