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Childcare Solutions: Implementing childcare interventions - what works and how can it be scaled up?
Women often face difficult decisions about how to balance work with childcare. Some mothers opt to stay out of the labor market due to their childcare responsibilities. For instance, a study conducted in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, found that only half of the mothers of 2-year-old children work. For other mothers, pursuing employment opportunities means bringing their children along to unsafe workplaces or leaving their children behind under limited supervision. Female participants in public works activities carried out under a World Bank Project in Burkina Faso were often faced with this challenge.

Speakers of this session will present on interventions that helped mothers in Burkina Faso and Mongolia reconcile their care and work responsibilities and the effects these have had on women’s labor force participation: the Burkina Faso Youth Employment and Skills Development Project developed a mobile childcare intervention to encourage women’s participation in public work activities supported by the project, while providing mothers a quality source of care and stimulation for their children. Speakers will discuss what it took to design and deliver this innovative childcare solution and will provide an overview of efforts to scale it up in the region, along with sharing insights from an impact evaluation. The Ulaanbaatar study used a lottery run to provide access to childcare slots to measure the causal impact of free public childcare on parents’ labor market outcomes. The intervention increased mother’s employment, hourly wage as well as their probability of having a contract, receiving social security and working full time. It also increased father’s hourly wage.

May 12, 2021 09:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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