A Longitudinal Study of the Effect of Integrated Literacy and Basic Education Programs on Women’s Participation in Social and Economic Development in Nepal

In Nepal, Girls' and Womens' Education Policy Research Activity (GWE-PRA) investigated the impact of women’s integrated literacy programs on the country’s development by examining measures of socio-economic status, as well as indicators of women’s social and economic development, including: 1) literacy and education, 2) children's education, 3) family and reproductive health, 4) participation in income-earning activities, 5) community participation, and 6) political participation. This research presents cross-sectional comparative analyses of these indicators in the baseline year (referred to throughout this document as Year 1) and measures changes in the indicators over a period of three years. The study examined two integrated literacy programs: the Basic and Primary Education Project (BPEP) and the Health Education and Adult Literacy (HEAL) program.

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