Face to Face

Data doesn’t tell the whole story. In order to better understand the impact of the mobile phones on women’s empowerment, we conducted follow-up in-person interviews. Out of all the women who we asked during our phone survey, 34 in total, all but one offered their time for a face-to-face follow up.

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Sina haraka

Things didn’t always go quite as planned. While I was in Tanzania, the team struggled a bit to find an NGO that we could work with to implement Phase 2 of our research. Things took a bit longer than planned, but in the end, most of our problems worked themselves out. Each member of the team took responsibility for different aspects of the research, and I was asked to lead the initiative to follow-up with some of the women from Phase 1 of the experiment.

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Election Season

I’m back in the United States now, getting ready to start the fall semester in a few short days, but while I was in Tanzania, I saw buses for the major political parties going down the roads, even in rural areas. The campaign is underway.

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Cell Phones as a Tool for Political Participation?

Last summer, the Center for African Development conducted a small pilot project to test the effect of cell phone use on a number of outcomes for women in Tanzania. This year, as we conduct a larger experiment, the timing coincides with Tanzania’s presidential and parliamentary elections in October. (I’ll post more about women’s issues and the upcoming election in the next post.) So we thought that it would be interesting to test the effect of cell phone use on political engagement.

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Dar es Salaam

Habari? How is the news? My time in Tanzania so far has been exciting and jam-packed. We’ve established partnerships; learned some Swahili; collected survey data; met people from different parts of Tanzania and people from Senegal, Malawi, Botswana, Uganda, and South Africa; and we still have so much left to do in the coming weeks. A single summer is not nearly enough time to fully learn and understand a culture, but it has been great to get a glimpse.

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