Archived Webinar

Childcare Solutions: Implementing childcare interventions - what works and how can it be scaled up?

Women often face difficult decisions about how to balance work with childcare. Some mothers opt to stay out of the labor market due to their childcare responsibilities. For instance, a study conducted in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, found that only half of the mothers of 2-year-old children work. For other mothers, pursuing employment opportunities means bringing their children along to unsafe workplaces or leaving their children behind under limited supervision. Female participants in public works activities carried out under a World Bank Project in Burkina Faso were often faced with this challenge. 

Speakers of this session will present on interventions that helped mothers in Burkina Faso and Mongolia reconcile their care and work responsibilities and the effects these have had on women’s labor force participation: the Burkina Faso Youth Employment and Skills Development Project developed a mobile childcare intervention to encourage women’s participation in public work activities supported by the project, while providing mothers a quality source of care and stimulation for their children. Speakers will discuss what it took to design and deliver this innovative childcare solution and will provide an overview of efforts to scale it up in the region, along with sharing insights from an impact evaluation. The Ulaanbaatar study used a lottery run to provide access to childcare slots to measure the causal impact of free public childcare on parents’ labor market outcomes. The intervention increased mother’s employment, hourly wage as well as their probability of having a contract, receiving social security and working full time. It also increased father’s hourly wage.


About the Presenters

Josefina Posadas, Senior Economist

Josefina Posadas is a Senior Economist in the Social Protection and Jobs Global Practice of The World Bank Group. Her area of expertise is labor economics, and since joining the World Bank in 2008 she has worked on issues related to labor markets, entrepreneurship, gender equality, social assistance and poverty. She has experience providing policy advise to governments in Latin America, East Europe and East Asia. Between 2002 and 2003, Josefina worked at the Research Department of the Inter-American Development Bank and between 1996 and 2002, she worked at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata in Argentina where she was an associate professor for advanced microeconomics since 1999. During those years, Josefina also advised different government offices of Argentina, both at the local and at the national level, on employment and fiscal federalism matters. She holds a PhD in Economics from Boston University.

Kehinde Funmilola Ajayi, Economist, Africa Gender Innovation Lab

Kehinde Ajayi is an economist in the World Bank’s Africa Gender Innovation Lab, where she leads research initiatives on women’s economic empowerment, youth employment, social protection, and childcare. She was previously an Assistant Professor of Economics at Boston University, a Faculty Research Fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a Fulbright Fellow. Kehinde holds a PhD in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley and a BA in Economics from Stanford University.

Target Audience

World Bank/IFC staff, development practitioners who work on gender issues, particularly on childcare solutions to promote women’s participation in the labor market, policymakers, academia, private sector, donor community, multilateral organizations

Questions Submitted


- Oct 16, 2021
Quite interesting contents.


- May 28, 2021
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