Rapid Evidence Review

Women's Participation in Higher Education and Technical and Vocational Education and Training

30th April 2024
Author: William Avis

This K4DD Rapid Evidence Review collates available evidence on women’s participation in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) (focused on Middle East North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Southeast Asia regions) and impact on social and economic development.

The review notes that overall, the existing literature on vocational training programs in the global south has important gaps.

The limited evidence and variation of impacts found in available studies across the global south may partly be explained by differences in social, economic, and labour market conditions, existing skill levels of targeted groups, and training program characteristics. Despite these challenges positive impacts have been identified in the following areas: impact on poverty; impact on inequality and impact on social exclusion.

Suggested Citation

Avis, W. (2024). Women's participation in higher education and Technical and Vocational Education and Training. K4DD Rapid Evidence Review 24. Brighton, UK: Institute of Development Studies. DOI: 10.19088/K4DD.2024.002


30th April 2024


Continent: Africa, Asia