Women preparing to return to the workforce after the birth of their children face a difficult dilemma: how do they make sure that their children are well cared for, so that they can attend to the business of work? Nowhere is this concern more pressing than in informal urban settlements, or slums, where daycare is often of poor quality and unaffordable to women with young children.
A team of researchers from the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) in Kenya and McGill University in Canada are implementing a three-year project to see just what impact such constraints have on the economic empowerment of poor, urban women in Nairobi.
The project aims to assess whether subsidized and enhanced quality childcare can influence a woman’s ability to work and earn. The study will focus on mothers 15 to 49 years of age in the Korogocho slum in northeast Nairobi, who have at least one child aged 1 to 4 years old.