Evaluating Women’s Microenterprise Groups in Ethiopia

Schools of Public Engagement: International Affairs

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Eval Ethiopia Women's Microent

Spring 2023

Taught By: Mark Johnson

Section: A

CRN: 13170

Credits: 3

As development schemes go, organizing impoverished women into savings groups is relatively simple, and, while microenterprise has been broadly dismissed as ineffective, the Ethiopian “Self Help” groups have demonstrated success in raising women and their families out of multidimensional poverty. Some women also do not form small businesses yet still seem to reap benefits from membership. We will study this particular case of Self-Help Group membership and its financial and psycho-social benefits. New School students began monitoring Self-Help Group members’ economic performance in 2016 through the summer Ethiopia International Field Program, working with a national coalition of approximately 13,000 women’s microenterprise groups with upwards of 250,000 members in 2010. This year we will also examine the non-financial benefits, designing a quantitative survey on psychosocial benefits. The course will cover the fundamentals of Monitoring and Evaluation, a systematic method to collect and analyze data on project impact and success, and the development and non-profit industry’s best means of determining results and effectiveness. We will work on setting measurable indicators and data collection, and, building on a successful collaboration last summer, will again work with Addis Ababa University students on data collection and analysis. We will also read and discuss Ethiopian history, culture, and the current combustive political and military situation. The last few years has seen dizzying swings in the country’s political environment, from a controlled one-party state to dramatic but short-lived reforms and optimism under new Prime Minister Abiy, returning to more repression and finally, horribly, the civil conflict of the last year. While this course is the prerequisite for the summer Ethiopia International Field Program or the Monitoring and Evaluation Remote Studio, anyone interested in studying women’s microenterprise groups or Ethiopia is very welcome.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: International Affairs (NINT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 3:38pm 8/19/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/25/2023 - 5/10/2023