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June 7: A Discussion of the Methodological Approach and Findings from a Quasi-Experimental Evaluation of an Economic and Social Empowerment Intervention in Mozambique
Speakers: Holly Burke and Samuel Field, FHI 360
Discussant: Jeffrey Bingenheimer, George Washington University
Conference room 7AB
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Abstract: Women and girls are disproportionately affected by the HIV epidemic. This is especially true in Zambézia Province, Mozambique, where HIV prevalence among women aged 15-24 is estimated to be 16%–more than triple the proportion of men the same age. Based on evidence that increased economic opportunities for women and girls can reduce HIV risk behaviors, our goal was to determine whether a combined economic and social intervention called Women First had the desired effect of reducing adolescent girls’ vulnerability to HIV. Employing multi-level exact matching and difference-in-differences (DD) estimation, we estimated intervention effects on two primary outcomes of interest: knowledge related to gender-based violence and school attendance. The original plan was to examine the impacts on five other outcomes related to HIV vulnerability (e.g., self-reported six-month incidence of transactional and intergenerational sex). However, preliminary analysis of baseline data from the intervention group revealed that this study was not able to obtain accurate measures for these outcomes. The DD estimates for the two outcomes that were analysed indicated no statistically significant impact of the intervention. During the presentation we will describe our methodological approach and findings. We will also discuss how the findings can inform future evaluations of programs aimed at reducing girls’ vulnerability to HIV in sub-Saharan Africa.