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Mainstreaming Unpaid WorkTime-use Data in Developing Policies$
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Indira Hirway

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199468256

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199468256.001.0001

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Time-use Surveys in Africa: Problems and Prospects

Time-use Surveys in Africa: Problems and Prospects

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Mainstreaming Unpaid Work

Jacques Charmes

Oxford University Press

Concerns for time-use in Africa are not new. However, African surveys have emerged mainly after the 1995 Beijing Conference. A number of time-use surveys have been carried out at national level throughout the continent, not to mention the surveys of the World Bank programme of the Living Standard Measurement Study and other ‘integrated’ surveys that have systematically included a short set of questions in large multipurpose surveys. This chapter reviews these national time-use surveys in terms of methodological characteristics (sample size, survey instruments, etc.) and their major findings. Regarding problems and prospects, the chapter identifies the need for harmonization and in the better measurement of women’s economic participation (which is not feasible with the present type of surveys); however it is observed that most time-use findings on the continent have been useful for academic research, but far less for the design of policies aiming at the reduction of gender gaps and the empowerment of women.

Keywords:   Africa, time-use surveys, Beijing Conference, methodology, harmonization of methods, economic participation, sample size, multipurpose survey, integrated surveys

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