Impact of a Microenterprise Assistance Programme (WINGS) on IPV Reduction in Northern Uganda
This was a multiphase study of different variants of the Women’s INcome Generating Support (WINGS) programme, a microfinance intervention designed to help ultra-poor women in vulnerable villages in post-conflict Northern Uganda to start small businesses by providing cash grants, training and ongoing organisational support. This cluster randomised control trial looked at the impact of the programme on a number of outcome measures including intimate partner violence (IPV) compared to no programme as well as the impact of a programme variation to engage male partners (WINGS+) compared to the standard WINGS.
This study found that WINGS increased business ownership and monthly earnings among women, but economic benefits were much lower for women who reported poor partner relations. Engaging male partners (WINGS W+) improved relationship quality, but decreased measures of autonomy and business success. Neither variant showed a significant reduction in IPV over a year after the start of the intervention.