Facilitating better progress on women’s economic empowerment (WEE) and social inclusion in North East Nigeria

September 27, 2017



Working with Palladium through the Propcom Mai-karfi programme, WISE has just started to conduct key research at the household level in North East Nigeria, with the objective of facilitating better progress on women’s economic empowerment (WEE) and social inclusion through adapted market systems approaches.

The targeted research is expected to provide farm, markets and household level data needed to understand the dynamics of women’s work, and identify targeted support for women’s income increase and control. The research comprises of a mixed-methods study across three states in the North East of Nigeria – Borno, Yobe, and Gombe.
Propcom Mai-karfi (PM), is a 6 year (2012 – 2017), £27 million, UK aid-funded rural and agricultural market development programme with coverage across 19 states of northern Nigeria. WISE has been supporting PM since January 2015 to deliver a more transformative agenda for women’s economic empowerment (WEE) – you can read more about this work here.
WISE will deliver a social and economic research study using mixed methods that includes a quantitative household survey alongside a qualitative case study approach and a survey of relevant private sector actors (including market associations, cooperatives, medium and large enterprises and public sector employers).
The study is expected to capture overarching patterns within and across communities in three states, while providing the foundation for a comparative analysis where possible, leading to recommendations that can be feasibly applied in multiple locations.
The study will aim to cover a spectrum of ethnic backgrounds across each of the States including Christian and Muslim communities, conflict affected and post-conflict environments, as well as internally displaced people (IDPs). Topical interest groupings within the northern context, such as sedentary and nomadic communities in close proximity to each other (with livestock being an important component of pre–conflict farming) will also be considered. Semi-rural, rural and more remote rural communities are all be considered.

With thanks to the  PM Team for their support and inputs.