Building and Insuring Assets for Durable Empowerment of Women in Kenya

Women selling milk

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Washington, DC

Interventions that simultaneously address assets, capacities and the risk of shocks have the best chance of creating lasting change for poor and vulnerable households. Poverty graduation programs, which provide assets, training, and mentoring, have been shown to set women on a path toward greater social and economic empowerment, but shocks like drought can strip them of hard-earned gains. Prior research has proven that Index-based Livestock Insurance (IBLI) is able to mitigate the impacts of drought shocks on vulnerable pastoralist communities.

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Researchers at the University of California, Davis in partnership with the BOMA Project in Kenya have combined these two effective programs. New data is highlighting the promise of this joint intervention to amplify and protect assets, creating resilient graduation from poverty for women and their families.


  • Wendy Chamberlin, Director of Expansion and Innovation, The BOMA Project
  • Michael Carter, Director, The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Markets, Risk and Resilience


  • Greg Collins, Deputy Assistant Administrator and USAID Resilience Coordinator, USAID
  • Aslihan Kes, Gender Advisor, USAID
  • Farzana Ramzan, Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor, USAID [TBC]

This event is invitation only. Please email Sophie Javers for more information.