Fostering agency and wellbeing in women: an evaluation of the IMAGINE Initiative

Anita V. Shankar, Mary Alice Onyura, Marren Ojode, Elaine Millam

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There is growing evidence that fostering individual agency for women is important for effective economic development and well-being. This article assesses the outcomes of the IMAGINE Initiative in Kenya, a programme intended to empower individuals through a four-day interactive workshop. Routine de-identified programme data from 213 individuals who applied to participate were used. Data included socio-demographic measures, psychometric scales, and interviews of changes in education, health, economics, and relationships. Programmatic data showed significant changes in the level of intrinsic motivation and agency for those who underwent the training and as well as substantial behavioural changes in core areas of their lives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)375-388
Number of pages14
JournalDevelopment in Practice
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 3 2015


  • Aid – Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Capacity development
  • Gender and diversity
  • Labour and livelihoods – Poverty reduction
  • Sub-Saharan Africa

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development


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