Development economists know that how husbands and wives make decisions affects many outcomes: savings, time use, and investment in education, health,

Development Impact Guest Blogger |

In the Kenyan village of Naro Moro in the foothills of Mount Kenya near lush forests, I recently met Josephine Wanjiru and other members of a women’s group she leads. The transformation in their…

Juliet Pumpuni |

As our sturdy Land Cruiser inched its way down a precipitous dirt track, trying to descend from a high ridge into the Rift Valley, I wondered what might happen if we had an accident here in the…

Kavita Watsa |

  Working in development, there are some faces you never forget because they come back to you at the end of a long day, time and again. As we recognize International Day of Action for Women, I’ve…

Kavita Watsa |

The Ministry of Water and Irrigation (MoWI) in Kenya has been selected as a second place winner of the United Nations Public Service Award (UNPSA) in recognition of its work to promote gender…

Asa Torkelsson, Rosemary Rop |

“Tuberculosis was a silent killer a few years ago, ” says Rogers, a community health worker at the Kangemi Health Center, which assists people living with TB to receive effective treatment in a…

Miriam Schneidman |

Imagine things are looking up for you. You are running your own business transporting and selling charcoal to retailers in the area, your husband has a steady job, and together you own real estate…

Yasmin Bin-Humam |

Women are less likely to occupy the top paying jobs in developed economies, in part because they are less competitive than men. A whole series of laboratory experiments has detailed the gap in…

An interesting, recently revised working paper by Duflo, Dupas and Kremer looks at the effects of providing school uniforms, teacher training on HIV education, and the two combined. This paper is…

Markus Goldstein |

Earlier this month, I participated in a four-day mission to Mandera, a county in northeastern Kenya, some 640 km from Nairobi on the Somali border. The European Commission’s Humanitarian Agency (…

Fred Owegi |