Mary Beth Desrosiers
Moving from Baseline Surveys to Project Design: Social Safety Nets in Nigeria
This summer, I interned with the World Bank’s Africa Gender Innovation Lab (GIL). GIL conducts impact evaluations to assess the outcomes of gender-focused interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa and generate evidence for future programs. I supported the impact evaluation for the National Social Safety Nets Project (NASSP), a targeted cash transfer program in Nigeria that is piloting a complementary livelihood training and grant program to support households in pursuing sustainable income-generating activities. I helped design a light-touch household intervention aiming to measure the intra-household power dynamics at play when deciding who will attend NASSP’s livelihood training while also encouraging and committing others to effectively support their efforts. This process required analyzing data from the project’s baseline survey to confirm that the study is adequately powered and understand initial patterns of household decision making. Following this analysis and an extensive literature review, I drafted a concept note for the intervention, expected to be carried out in late 2020.