Ten-Year Impacts of Burkina Faso's BRIGHT Program

Publisher: Washington, DC: Mathematica Policy Research
Aug 29, 2016
Authors
Mikal Davis, Nick Ingwersen, Harounan Kazianga, Leigh Linden, Arif Mamun, Ali Protik, and Matt Sloan

Key Findings:

  • BRIGHT boosted the rates of primary school completion and enrollment in school while decreasing employment and marriage rates for young women. For girls and women ages 13 to 22, rates of primary school completion increased by 13.5 percentage points, enrollment increased by 10.3 percentage points, and youth employment and marriage rates declined by 5.5 and 6.3 percentage points, respectively.
  • BRIGHT raised enrollment rates and test scores for both girls and boys, with larger impacts on girls. Girls’ enrollment increased 5.4 percentage points more than boys’ did, and girls’ test scores increased by .08 standard deviations more.  

In this report, we present details on the evaluation design of the Burkinabe Response to Improve Girl's Chances to Succeed (BRIGHT) program and impact findings from the evaluation 10 years after the program's launch, using the 2015 household and school surveys. Although BRIGHT focused on increasing girls’ enrollment and educational attainment, this analysis examines improvements in outcomes for both boys and girls.

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