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3ie-LIDC London Seminar: Asset Transfers to Women in Poverty in South Asia: Qualitative Reflections on Two Randomized Control Trials

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 - 12:30 to 14:00
John Snow B, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, London WC1E 7HT UK
Naila Kabeer, LSE


The asset transfers in question were part of attempts to pilot BRAC’s Targeting the Ultra Poor approach to graduating women out of extreme poverty that were carried out in different regions of the world. Many of these pilots, including one in West Bengal and four in Sind, were studied through RCTs.  Around the same time as the RCTs were being conducted, I was part of a team that carried out qualitative evaluations of two separate pilots also implemented in West Bengal and Sindh.  I would like to use the findings from our qualitative analysis to reflect on the strengths and limitations of RCTs as an approach to evaluation and to support arguments for greater methodological pluralism in the study of development interventions.


Naila Kabeer is joint professor of Gender and Development in the Departments of International Development and Gender Studies at the London School of Economics.   The main focus of her research is poverty, gender, labour markets and livelihoods and social protection. 


Chair Introduces: 12:30 to 12:35

Presentation: 12:35 to 13:25

Discussions and Q/A: 13:25 to 13:55

Chair’s Concluding remarks and close: 13:55 to 14:00

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