Governments thinking of sustainable development understand by now that women’s economic empowerment is key to progress. Women represent one-half of the population and therefore enhancing their ability to contribute boosts economic growth at all levels. Women in the world over and especially in developing countries form self-help groups to enhance their economic, social and political status in the society. Self-help groups, which are a form of social capital have been associated with women’s empowerment. Though qualitative evidence on the role of social capital in women’s empowerment exists, firm empirical evidence is lacking, especially in Kenya. This project will therefore provide empirical evidence on the effects of social capital on different dimensions of women empowerment. The project will be implemented in Kambirwa, Murang’a county which is a semi arid area with high levels of poverty. Community Based Monitoring System (CBMS) will also be implemented in the study area to monitor poverty levels and other indicators.
Project leader: Phyllis Mumia Machio
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