Gender Methods Seminar: Gender, Power, and Decision-making in Southern Nyanza, Kenya

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The IFPRI Gender Task Force invites you to a Gender Methods Seminar:

Gender, Power, and Decision-making in Southern Nyanza, Kenya

Presenter: Noora-Lisa Aberman

Wednesday, June 17, 2015


Slides and recording from the presentation are now available here.

What types of research questions lend themselves to qualitative versus quantitative analysis?  This presentation will explore the choice of analytical approach with an emphasis on the usefulness of systematic qualitative analysis. Then it will contrast two different analytical approaches, using recent examples of research from Southern Kenya exploring concepts of gender and power.

The first study, “Gendered perceptions of power at the household and group level in Southern Nyanza, Kenya,” uses open coding to understand how women and men themselves define power. This study looks at socially constructed definitions of power and decision-making between men and women at home and in mixed-sex self-help groups with the intention of informing existing economic and development paradigms in terms of how they define and measure power. The second study, “Assessing the gender-inclusive governance of self-help groups in Southern Nyanza, Kenya,” develops a framework based on theory and evidence on women and group participation that determines the broad coding themes. This study examines the governance mechanisms that promote women’s substantive participation in groups.

While both are qualitative studies from the same sample on similar topics, the different types of questions lend themselves to different analytical approaches. This presentation will review and compare these analytical approaches, as well as describe the study results and conclusions.

Presenter’s Bio:

 Noora-Lisa Aberman is the Country Program Manager for IFPRI’s Malawi Strategy Support Program (MaSSP). She largely focuses on enhancing the role that research plays in the policy dialogue through improving communications tools, developing partnerships, and undertaking policy process research. Previously, as a Senior Program Analyst with the Poverty, Health and Nutrition Division, Noora worked on a broad range of programs related to food security, health, and nutrition throughout Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. She holds an MA in International Economic Policy from American University and is pursuing a PhD in Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics at Hohenheim University as an external student.


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