Intra household decision making and productive inclusion in Nigeria
Last registered on June 15, 2021

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Intra household decision making and productive inclusion in Nigeria
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0007756
Initial registration date
June 14, 2021
Last updated
June 15, 2021 11:15 AM EDT
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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
World Bank
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
World Bank
PI Affiliation
World Bank
PI Affiliation
World Bank
PI Affiliation
World Bank
PI Affiliation
World Bank
Additional Trial Information
Status
On going
Start date
2019-08-29
End date
2022-12-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
This study aims to generate evidence on the most effective way of selecting eligible beneficiaries to receive a livelihood support component comprising life skills and business skills training complemented by a lump sum productive grant, in the context of the Nigeria National Social Safety Nets Project (NASSP). This study will use a 2 x 2 factorial design (cross-cutting design) to evaluate the relative effectiveness of a combination of interventions that involve:
1) households themselves selecting a beneficiary vs. default selection of the eligible female caregiver between the ages of 18-45 or other female in the household;
2) a household sensitization component that encourages gender equality, household collaboration and cohesion vs. no sensitization.
We will examine the impact of these interventions on household welfare and women's economic empowerment and well-being.
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Registration Citation
Citation
Ajayi, Kehinde et al. 2021. "Intra household decision making and productive inclusion in Nigeria." AEA RCT Registry. June 15. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.7756-1.0.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
The experimental sample will consist of all NASSP livelihood beneficiaries. Within this subset of beneficiary households, the following interventions will be tested:

1) default selection of the eligible female caregiver between the ages of 18-45 or other female in the household compared to households themselves selecting an eligible beneficiary.

2) providing a household gender sensitization that encourages gender equality and household collaboration and cohesion compared to no sensitization. The gender sensitization includes a 2.5 hour visit to the household led by a trained facilitator where adult members of the household come together to discuss gender roles, watch a video of positive examples of intra-household collaboration and economic empowerment of women in their community and discuss the skills and strengths of each household member aged 18-45 years.

Intervention Start Date
2021-06-14
Intervention End Date
2022-12-31
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
1. Women’s economic empowerment (selection of female beneficiaries, women's control over resources/decision-making, participation in economic activities)
2. Consumption
3. Food security
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
1). Income-generation (activities, revenue/earnings, no. of employees)
2). Diversification of livelihoods
3). Perceived social norms and beliefs around women's participation in economic activities
4). Women's well-being (e.g. mental health and women's experience of Intimate partner violence)
5). Intra-household collaboration (e.g. support of the beneficiary in terms of attending sessions with him/her, household support with business activities)
6). Nutrition, education and child welfare
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
We randomly assign NASSP livelihood beneficiary communities into two experimental arms: 1) household selection of beneficiary compared to 2) default selection of the female caregiver or other eligible female in the household as a beneficiary.

Within each of these two arms, we will then further randomize households to allocate them into two arms 1) a gender sensitization intervention and 2) control arm i.e. no sensitization.

Amongst households receiving the gender sensitization, we will randomize and allocate half the households to reveal their perceived social norms about women's employment before the intervention and the other half after the intervention.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
The randomization will be computer generated i.e. done in an office by a computer.
Randomization Unit
The first level of randomization will be at group level i.e. communities/Cash Transfer Facilitator territories and the second level will be individual i.e. beneficiary households.
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
115 Cash Transfer Facilitator territories
Sample size: planned number of observations
2621 beneficiary households
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
Default selection of a the female caregiver as a beneficiary with no gender sensitization: 634 beneficiary households
Default selection of a the female caregiver as a beneficiary with gender sensitization: 642 beneficiary households
Household selection of the beneficiary with no gender sensitization: 677 beneficiary households
Household selection of the beneficiary with gender sensitization: 668 beneficiary households

Amongst the households receiving gender sensitization (n=1310), 655 will be randomly allocated to being asked their perceived social norms about women's employment before and 655 to after viewing the video.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
National Health Research Ethics Committee of Nigeria
IRB Approval Date
2021-06-07
IRB Approval Number
NHREC Approval Number NHREC/01/01/2007-7/06/2021