Impacts of the Gender and Entrepreneurship Together Ahead (GET Ahead) training on empowerment of female microfinance borrowers in Northern Vietnam

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Abstract

Across the world the Gender and Entrepreneurship Together (GET Ahead) training originally developed by the International Labour Organization has been implemented to improve business outcomes and enhance women’s empowerment. This randomized controlled trial is the first rigorous attempt to examine the impact of the GET Ahead training on women’s empowerment. We focus on the impact of offering this training to female microfinance borrowers of TYM, the largest microfinance organization in North Vietnam. A major contribution of this study is that it focuses on different dimensions of women’s empowerment: (1) personal empowerment, measured by control beliefs, and (2) relational empowerment, measured by relational friction and intra-household decision making power. This study also stands out in that we explicitly study whether involving husbands affects the impact of the training. We find that the GET Ahead training improves women’s empowerment on all three aspects: increased control beliefs and intra-household decision making power (only on larger expenditures), and decreased relational friction. However, the results on relational frictions should be taken with care due to possible underreporting. Moreover, in general, we find no additional impacts of inviting husbands to the training. Finally, our results suggest that it takes some time before the training starts to improve women’s empowerment. We observe no short-term but only mid-term effects from before the training to 12 months after the training.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-61
Number of pages16
JournalWorld Development
Volume120
Early online date11-Apr-2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug-2019

Keywords

  • Women empowerment
  • GET Ahead training
  • Randomized controlled trial
  • Vietnam
  • Asia
  • WOMENS EMPOWERMENT
  • MICROCREDIT EVIDENCE
  • DECISION-MAKING
  • CREDIT
  • VIOLENCE
  • AGENCY
  • DISEMPOWERMENT
  • OWNERSHIP
  • ISSUES
  • CYCLE

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