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Economically Empowering Refugee Girls and Women in Nairobi, Kenya [Updated: 9/29]

This project will provide economic empowerment and case management support to refugee women living in Nairobi, Kenya.

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PrototypeQuestions.pdf

Prototype exercise, based on our pilot grant program.

User experience map.pdf

User experience map for the project

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I have noticed a troubling limitation in the thinking patterns of trained economist - they all seem to stumble on questions in the "what came first - the chicken or the egg" category. (For more on this, google "supply versus demand get a grip") When it comes to spending on education, if given a choice between more spending and reform we must choose both.

Improving education will require educational reform which will require money. If we want the best and brightest to become teachers we need to pay teachers more like professionals. Of course, simply paying more will not make existing teachers any better but it t will attract better teachers over time. If we want improved teaching techniques, we will need to spend money on research that involves actually teaching real kids, using them as guinea pigs and seeing how they do. Simply giving more spending flexibility to every school in the country and hoping for innovative solutions is dumb for two reasons. One – educational professionals have historically been paid badly so you do not have many high performers in education. Two – the high performers are almost always teachers who have they hands full teaching.

So, what we need is an investment in people and research over time. This will take a lot of spending. Just pretend that we are building a new weapon system and think 'decades'.

By the way, as stated in the piece from http://essaytyper.pro, evolutionary theory makes it clear that it was the egg, laid by a proto-chicken. It took a eons to make that first chicken egg.

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Hi Gita,
I think you're right that education is key, but I think economic empowerment needs to come from learning job skills. Once women have the capacity to earn their own income, they have the ability to stand on their own and not be dependent on their husbands to raise a family. 

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Great insight, thank you for your comment! 

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Women and their children are often trapped in horrible relationships because without an education they don't have the capacity to earn an income to be on their own. With an education and therefore an ability to earn an income women will have the capacity to have independence. 

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Very true! Thank you for your comment! 

Photo of Gita Gauba
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I believe education is the only way to empower the females and teaching moral skills and values

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Great thought! Thank you for comment!

Photo of enenche Boniface
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Teach them how to leave a simple life, give them something doing, give them education and release them hostages...

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Thank you for your comment!