March 1, 2010
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) aims to unleash Peru’s potential by training 100,000 women micro-entrepreneurs, but the IDB risks sacrificing quality for quantity if it offers large lecture classes and exacerbating existing inequalities if it limits these classes to the cities. The IDB seeks to correct the market’s failure to provide women with business training. Yet its proposed remedy is to fund a one-time, three-hour lecture modeled on a training that is less education than corporate marketing. In light of this proposed women-targeted training, we investigated the following question: Will a one-size-fits-all, women-targeted training positively impact the business performance of female micro-entrepreneurs in Peru?...

This paper is a Policy Analysis Exercise by students at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. This research was supported, in part, by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Kennedy School.

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