Assessing the impacts of cash transfers in Tanzania - The Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women Project (GrOW) The GrOW project is a multi-country, multi-funder, multi-year initiative that aims to generate new knowledge about women’s economic empowerment, gender equality and economic growth in low-income countries. The project is funded by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC). REPOA is the implementing partner in Tanzania. The project explores women’s economic empowerment occurring as a direct or indirect result of cash transfers through the Productive Social Safety Nets (PSSN) programme implemented by the Tanzanian Social Action Fund (TASAF). The study also identifies women who are disempowered and ways to increase their autonomy and decision making.
Drawing from the Women Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI) approach, the study examined the five Domains of Empowerment (5DE), that is, the right to make decisions and choices on production; productive resources; income; leadership and time; and additional generic variables (for example, cultural, legal, and religious). It also studies the Gender Parity Index, which measures women’s input in the 5DEs. The study employed both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. In 2016, the analysis of baseline data was completed and findings disseminated during the mid-term review forum in Gottingen, Germany and for other stakeholders, including development partners, TASAF and other senior government officials in Dar es Salaam. Seven papers were produced from this project, from which journal articles and policy briefs are to be developed. A short video of the Tanzanian arm of the GrOW programme can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRDk4FPLGCk