Development partner: USAID through New York University (AD) partnership.

Research Objectives

The main objective of the project is to explore the linkages between economic costs and (perceived) benefits at the family and the community level and the continuation of FGM in communities that still practice it in Kenya with a view to contributing to evidence based policy and practice towards eradication.

Specifically the study will aim to determine to what extent:

  • Economic compensation and socio-cultural institutions affect the FGM practice
  • Economics of “medicalization” (use of modern clinical facilities) affects continuation of FGM
  • Economics of FGM affects education
  • Eradication/reduction of FGM would affect the family and the community and explore whether addressing the economics of FGM may lead to a reduction in the incidence and
  • To make actionable policy recommendations for FGM eradication.

Development Partner: New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD)

Time Frame: 2014-2016

Project Brief:

In the past years, menstruation and lack of sanitary products has been purported to be the main reason for school absenteeism of pubescent girls. The study therefore aims to test the hypothesis that menstruation does have a significant negative impact on young pubescent poor girls’ school attendance in Kenya because they cannot afford modern sanitary products. This study also aimed to provide evidence based investigation of the overarching following research question: what are the links between adolescent girls’ school attendance and the provision of sanitary products by looking at: (a) how frequently pubescent girls actually miss school during their menses; and (b) the causal effect of the provision of modern sanitary products i.e. pads on school attendance.

Development Partner: International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

Time Frame: Two year project (2016-2018)

Project Brief:

This is a study that is being conducted in Kenya, Zimbabwe and Uganda. It aims to support the economic empowerment of rural women in agriculture in East and Southern Africa, through identification and promotion of business enterprises and the creation of decent sustainable jobs. Specifically the study aims to:

  1. Examine the structural barriers that constrain women from becoming more innovative and limit their ability to take advantage of the opportunities available for business development;
  2. Identify and explore the opportunities that exist off - farm for rural women, including activities that tend to be male dominated and of higher value;
  3. Contribute to evidence based policy advocacy on designing innovative interventions to empower rural women in business enterprises;
  4. Build and enhance the entrepreneurial capacity of the women owned/managed businesses in rural areas;
  5. Document and disseminate best practises that empower rural women to participate in business enterprises.

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