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Post trauma services for women’s empowerment

Cost-benefit analysis of cash transfer programmes and post trauma services for the economic empowerment of women in Uganda

This study focuses on the cost effectiveness of interventions initiated to strengthen the potential and capacity of female survivors of violence in Uganda. The three interventions that this study investigates are cash transfers, trauma-related health and psychosocial support, and support through radio and social media. Interest in the effectiveness of these three interventions is due to the recognition that the violent conflict, especially in Northern Uganda, not only destroyed people’s livelihoods but also left survivors psychologically traumatized. The challenge is that the social protection programmes initiated by the Government of Uganda do not address the psychosocial effects of violence, despite evidence that psychosocial support is important in the economic empowerment of people affected by violent conflict. Because the relationship between cash transfers, trauma treatment and economic integration in post-conflict societies remains unclear, the objective of this research is to determine the cost effectiveness of ‘pure’ social protection programmes (cash transfers) compared to social protection programmes that complement other social policies, such as post trauma health and psychosocial support and radio support. The research question is: what is the relationship between cash transfers, the use of health services, and radio/social media-targeted programmes and economic development?

The research design incorporates both qualitative and quantitative methods. Data will initially be collected through in-depth interviews and story collection. This will then be analyzed to prepare questionnaires for subsequent data collection. In-depth interviews, including stories generated, will be analyzed using the Barrett method. Focus group meetings will be held with respondents to discuss the findings and aid in their interpretation.

Evidence generated will provide insights for policy actors on appropriate policies and a combination of interventions that would be cost efficient in attaining economic empowerment and the inclusion of women in post-conflict contexts. To enhance the uptake of the findings, key messages will be disseminated through radio talk shows and during a workshop with policy-makers in Uganda.


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  • Isis-Women’s International Cross Cultural Exchange (Isis-WICCE)
  • Makerere University
  • Mbarara University of Science and Technology
  • Tilburg University

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