Institute for Economic Affairs, the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) and Tharaka Nithi County Government make their proposal presentations to KU-WEE Hub

Three local partners in the Kenyatta University-Women’s Economic Empowerment (KU-WEE) Hub project’ made their final proposal presentations to the KU-WEE Hub committee on 26th May 2021 in a virtual meeting. The teams from the Institute for Economic Affairs (IEA Kenya), the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) and Tharaka Nithi County Government are implementing their own studies in the Hub through a Subaward from the grant given to Kenyatta University by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on the Initiative for What Works to Advance Women’s Economic Empowerment in Kenya.

During the meeting that was chaired   by the Hub’s Research Coordinator, Prof. Nelson Wawire Were, the presentations focussed on the methodology and the expected outputs from the studies. There was also a discussion on implementation strategy, partnerships and engagements in the other Hub studies. Earlier in January 2021, the teams had each signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University to formalise and strengthen modalities of collaboration

The IEA, in addition to the study on: Gender Responsive Budgeting: Tracking the Effects of Budgets and Public Spending on Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiatives (WEEI), will support policy-related dissemination and advocacy for the Hub.  The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) will facilitate access to secondary data in their custody, support nation-wide related survey design and implementation by some of the studies and advise on the field protocols. Her own study will be on: Women’s Economic Empowerment Index in Kenya: Determinants of Women’s Economic Empowerment and Micro-levels Estimation.

Tharaka Nithi County Government on the other hand, will provide ready access to communities in which initiatives that work for women’s economic empowerment can be tested. Besides, researchers from the County will be participating in two other hub studies in addition to implementing their own study on: Improving Women’s Market Work and Child Development through the Crèche Programme: A Randomised Controlled Trial which will jointly be implemented in partnership with Inclusion Economics Yale (IEY), (at the Economic Growth Centre and MacMillan Centre),  Yale University.

During the meeting, the Hub Leader, Prof Judith Waudo, lauded the teams for their efforts and reiterated the Hub’s commitment to the partnerships, adding that the KU team will closely work with each of them to ensure the success of their studies and the KU-WEE project. She also noted that the three partners have representation in the KU-WEE Hub Board and the Technical Committee.