Women's Empowerment in Tanzania

AMRE | Women’s Empowerment in Tanzania

October 30, 2020   /  

Understanding and fixing data issues for analysis to evaluate the Trias/Maisha Bora sponsored project “Women’s Food Security Program for Impoverished Maasai Households”

Rita Chiboub ’21, Global & International Studies
Stacey Park ’21, Psychology

Advisors: Grit Herzmann, Brooke Krause

As part of the impact evaluation of the five-year “Women’s Food Security Program for Impoverished Maasai Households” project, the final round of data was recently collected in Northern Tanzania. The AMRE team cleansed the dataset and checked it for internal consistency before analyzing preliminary trends that determine the relationship between women’s empowerment and food security.

This project was made possible by financial support from the following organizations: The Andrew Fellowships Fund, Hamburger Endowment for Collaborative Projects and Program Development, and The Wilson Fellowships Fund.

Members of Women’s Empowerment in Tanzania will be online to field comments on Nov. 5 from 3:30pm-5:30pm.

12 thoughts on “AMRE | Women’s Empowerment in Tanzania”

  1. Rita and Stacey. Such a wonderful project! I want to thank you all for being such an outstanding part of the AMRE program this summer. We had so many unknowns going into a remote summer and it was the commitment and enthusiasm of you all and the others that helped it to be so successful. Your ability to focus and your self-discipline in this unfamiliar work environment were great. This will be really valuable to you as you go forward to your next opportunity. It was a pleasure to have you on board!

  2. You both had so many variables to navigate, including the big time difference! I imagine you’ll be interested in continuing to follow the research, knowing how much you have contributed to it already. Congratulations on your work this past summer.

    1. Thank you! Yes, our clients are providing a final presentation of the results this month and we are looking forward to that.

  3. Rita and Stacey,
    What an exciting project this was, and it clearly allowed you to strengthen and develop skills. I hope you enjoyed doing the project as much as I enjoyed listening to your presentation.

    How will you both express the skills you gained from the interview process on your resumes?

    1. Thank you for taking the time to watch our presentation!
      Conducting the NGO interviews pushed us to be more diplomatic and nuanced in the way we asked questions and probed for detailed answers, which has broadened and sharpened our speaking skills. We also had to deal with a few last-minute issues, which made it necessary for us to think outside the box and be reactive in dealing with these problems. These are two ways we could express the skills we gained through the interview process.

  4. Interesting research project, Rita and Stacey. It sounds like you really learned some great skills. Has this impacted how you are approaching your IS research?

    1. Working on this project allowed me to learn about different proxies for measuring women’s empowerment, which is very helpful for my own research as I am investigating women’s intrahousehold bargaining power in Indonesia following a policy that aimed to improve their inheritance rights. As I am looking through the available data, I have found referring back to the variables used in the Women’s Empowerment in Tanzania project to be helpful in narrowing down potential measures of women’s empowerment for my own IS.

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