The impact of training on women's micro-enterprise development


This report presents the main findings and recommendations of an investigation into the impact of training on women's micro-enterprise development conducted during 1997-8 and funded by DFID (Education Division and ESCOR). The research was carried out into four programmes (in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Sudan) supported by two UK based NGOs, namely ACORD and Intermediate Technology. The study examined the contribution that training makes to the development of women's micro-enterprises, in particular in relation to credit. The impact of training was measured against four indicators: income, access and control of resources, status, and quality of life. The study also examined the training process to find out in what specific ways training had helped women to improve and expand their micro-enterprises. Both formal (organised groups of trainees taught by a trainer) and informal training (one-to-one training or advice, often 'on the job') were covered by the study.


Educational Paper No. 40, DFID, London, UK, ISBN 1 86192 284 1, 139 pp.

The impact of training on women’s micro-enterprise development

Published 1 January 2000