Increasing women’s incomes, increasing peace: unexpected lessons from Niger (PLA 66)
In this article in Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) 66, Jindra Cekan describes a drought-rehabilitation and resilience project in Niger, focused on restocking women’s sheep, building mixed-use wells for communities, improving forage storage and transhumance.
The author carried out baseline and final evaluation studies with the target communities, combining qualitative participatory and quantitative gendered budget analysis. The results, such as rises in income, were interesting, but also unexpected, such as the impact of water provision on women’s incomes and decreased household violence. There are some interesting lessons for practitioners focused on increasing community resilience.