Participation of Women in Corporate Governance

Globally women’s participation in corporate governance has received increasing attention (Agbalajobi 2010). Underrepresentation of women in corporate boardrooms in Kenya still exists because of gender barriers that prevent female executives from reaching top positions regardless of professional qualifications (Semakafu, 2014). Superior performance of firms and Boards’ effectiveness have globally been attributed to the presence of women (Catalyst, 2007; Adam &Feirreira, 2009). Efforts to address gender gaps in boardrooms in Kenya have been made through specific programmes, such as the Female Future Leadership Programme (FFLP). This study will generate evidence on the current levels of women’s participation in corporate boards and the effectiveness of FFLP. The project’s implementing partners are the National Gender and Equality Commission and the Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE).

The evaluation of the effectiveness of the FFLP implemented by NGEC and FKE will employ mixed research methods, embodying use of quantitative and qualitative data collected using quasi-experimental research designs.  Primary data will be collected from participants of FFLP and secondary data will be sourced from the implementing partners. The study will conduct a census. The entire population of 198 trained will be involved in this study.To establish the impact of FFLP, a Difference in Differences approach will be used.