Projects

Niger: Improving the Education of Girls (IMAGINE)

2008-2017
Prepared For

Millennium Challenge Corporation

The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) sponsored the Threshold Program in Niger, which was intended to reduce corruption; register more businesses; promote land titling; and increase girls’ school enrollment, attendance, and completion rates. This ambitious effort involved training civil servants to conduct audits and handle public procurement projects, establish “one-stop centers” to provide technical assistance to businesses, develop awareness-raising campaigns to encourage communities to take advantage of land reform, and construct schools. Mathematica was chosen to design and conduct a rigorous evaluation of these activities to determine their ultimate impact on both intermediate and long-term outcomes. However, due to political events that were inconsistent with MCC goals, the program was suspended on December 31, 2009. Only the component to promote girl’s education had been carried out.

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