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Monetary and Multidimensional Child Poverty: Why they Differ

We investigate the effect of parental education on the concordance/discordance between monetary and multidimensional child poverty. First, in a simple model of parental investment in child outcomes, we demonstrate that the misalignment between ho…

Scaling up Education Interventions in Kenya: The Importance of Institutions

Following the introduction of Free Primary Education in Kenya in 2003, there was concern that despite the increase in enrollment, the quality of the education provided was deficient, as indicated by the low pupils’ scores. The purpose of designing …

Community Involvement Improves Performance in Ugandan Primary Schools

Despite relative success in improving school access in Uganda since the mid-90s, learning outcomes at the national level remain poor, and challenges remain to achieve Universal Primary Education (UPE) – despite a noted increase in devoted resources …

Education Language Choice and Youth Entrepreneurship in Chad

Using the third Chadian survey on consumption and the informal sector (ECOSIT III), this study aims to assess the relationship between education language choice and entrepreneurship in Chad. By education language choice, we mean the choice between…

Impact of Increased Public Education Spending on Growth and Poverty in Uganda: An Integrated Micor-Macro Approach

Over the past decades, Uganda has experienced impressive economic growth rates, far above the average among Sub‐Saharan African countries. Indeed, on average, GDP grew by more than 6% annually since the 1990s, increasing per capita income by 4% year…

Poverty and Social Impact Analysis Assessment: Universal Primary Education in Uganda: Equity in Opportunities and Human Capital Investment

This paper assesses the effectiveness and progressivity of Uganda’s Universal Primary Education program since it was first introduced in 1997, by examining factors driving primary school attendance, grade delay and drop out trends for children betwe…

The Role of Weather on Schooling and Work of Young Adults in Madagascar

We examine the impact of rainfall variability and cyclones on schooling and work among a cohort of teens and young adults in Madagascar. We estimate a bivariate probit model using a panel survey conducted in 2004 and 2011 in this poor island nation,…

Evaluation of the Impact of School Canteen Programs on Internal efficiency of Schools, Cognitive Acquisitions and learning capacities of Students in rural primary Schools in Senegal

This study evaluates the impact of school canteen programs on the performance of rural primary schools in Senegal using a “randomized experiment”. 120 schools which had never had school canteens were selected in the four poorest regions of Senegal…

Working while Studying: Employment Premium or Penalty for Youth in Benin?

Most youth in developing countries leave school with only a general academic education level, slowing down their transition to the labor market. We analyze whether work experience during school can help youth transition more easily to a first job in…

Poverty Profiling in Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa City Administrations, Ethiopia

This paper has tried to investigate the general poverty profile of the three project sites in Ethiopia. In addition, its objective is to generate poverty maps for the sites. Data from 5,619 households were collected and analyzed to determine the pov…

Improving Entrepreneurs' Interpersonal Skills to Increase SME Revenues in Liberia

The Liberian Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) sector—representing about 96% of the country’s business entities—declined significantly during the Ebola outbreak. Many businesses closed or downsized in this period. Additionally, the number of missed…

Improving Job Matching for Zambia's Youth

To measure educational mismatch, the research team analysed nationally-representative cross-sectional survey data from the 2014 School to Work Transition Survey (STWTS) for youth aged 15 to 29. The team examined whether there are differences between…

"Working while Studying" and Educational Mismatching among Youth: Evidence from Zambia

This paper analyzed the effect of working while studying in college and university on educational mismatching in the Zambian labor market. The study used the 2014 School to Work Transition Survey data and estimated a range of extended ordered probit…

Examining the Impact of Early Childbearing on Education, Literacy, and Labour-market Outcomes in Four African Countries

We examined the impact of early childbearing on education, literacy, and labor-market outcomes of women in four African countries, using Demographic and Health Survey datasets. Cognizant of the endogeneity in this relationship, we identified the eff…

Poor Access to Food, Education, Electricity: Key Factors of Poverty in Gabane, Botswana

Poverty in Gabane - a village in Kweneng District of Botswana - remains high, despite an overall decline. The poorest parts of the population are vulnerable groups, i.e. women and girls, the unemployed, young people and people who are disabled. Whil…

Determinants of Unemployment and Labour-Market Transitions for Youth in Botswana

Africa has a youthful population and Botswana is no exception. As a result, Botswana suffers from high youth unemployment problems. Hence, this paper seeks to empirically investigate how the socioeconomic characteristics of the youth of Gabane villa…

Why Education is the Key to Improving Financial Inclusion in Uganda

For the financial system in Uganda to become truly inclusive, financial institutions need to encourage those who face the greatest barriers to engaging with them to do so. Removing these obstacles is more important than providing formal financial s…

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