Women in the informal sector: the contribution of education and training

Leach, Fiona (1996) Women in the informal sector: the contribution of education and training. Development in Practice, 6 (1). pp. 25-36. ISSN 0961-4524

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This article reviews the extent to which the educational system has acknowledged the importance to women of the informal sector of the economy, and the extent to which it has sought to prepare them for employment or self-employment within it. It assesses the record of both formal and non-formal education in providing women with the necessary skills to compete with men for employment, and concludes that both have generally failed to assist women to obtain skilled, well paid, and secure jobs, leaving them in overwhelming numbers in subsistence-level activities in the informal sector. Within the non-formal approach to education, the article examines training in income-generating projects, which are a major conduit for assistance to poor women in developing countries. Some recommendations for improved strategies of education and training provision are presented. This article is freely available as a chapter in Development with Women.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Subjects: L Education
Depositing User: Michael Davy
Date Deposited: 28 May 2013 16:51
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2013 11:38
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/45156
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