Economics of Female Genital Cut

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.

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