PEP is leading a new three-year research initiative in Kenya to help tackle continued gender-based employment segregation by generating new evidence on the effectiveness of gender-sensitive skills training and employer incentives.
Working with the non-government organisation CAP-Youth Empowerment Institute (CAP-YEI) that provides vocational education and training, a team of PEP researchers and researchers from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) will evaluate measures to support young women transitioning from school to work.
The project will assess education and training interventions to identify which ones are most effective for improving young women’s employment opportunities while addressing the main obstacles they face when entering the work force.
Throughout the project process, the team will consult and collaboration with numerous policy stakeholders, including several government ministries. As such, the evidence produced can inform inclusive policy adjustments and the potential scale-up of the interventions.
In 2021, Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) awarded funding to PEP for this research as part of their Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW) – East Africa initiative. The GrOW – Gender-Sensitive Training and Employer Incentives to Improve Women’s Labour Market Outcomes initiative is led by PEP in a consortium with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
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