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Metaketa V: Pathways to Women’s Substantive Representation in Malawi


Posted on Nov 09, 2022 at 02:30


Metaketa is a project of field experiments taking place in five countries and is organized by Evidence in Governance and Politics (EGAP). This particular study focuses on women's collective efficacy and political engagement in Malawi. During the experiment randomized trainings will be conducted for women's village savings and loan associations, with those in the treatment group attending facilitated sessions aimed at fostering a sense of gender-based collective efficacy. At the individual level, new members will be randomly incentivized to join existing VSLAs. The goal of the study is to determine whether participating in a women's VSLA alone increases political engagement among women, and whether participating in training designed to promote collective efficacy offers an additional benefit.

The study is being carried out in two districts of Malawi, Mzimba and Zomba, where 100 existing VSLAs were randomly selected in each district. These VSLAs are comprised of 14 existing members who were randomly selected, and 6 new members who were nominated to join the VSLAs, with 3 of them being given seeds. A baseline survey was conducted by IPOR with 200 Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs), which were randomly selected during the identification process in Mzimba and Zomba. Additionally, an elite survey was conducted on all Village Development Committee (VDC) chairpersons where the VSLAs are allocated.Top of Form

The intervention aspect consists of four sessions, with the first session being an informative session on local government structure and development processes targeting both control and treatment groups. Sessions two through four have been  designed to promote a sense of gender-based collective efficacy and will only be administered to 100 treatment groups. After attaining the training sessions, VSLAs are expected to compete in proposal writing and 10 VSLAs will have a chance to win 1 Million Kwacha each as community grant for their area. For far, IPOR has conducted baseline and session one intervention and currently anticipating the commencement of session two.