The positive impact of women education
: an assessment of the Girl MOVE Academy case in Mozambique

  • Natália Cantarino Féres (Student)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


Value creation is at the core of a business's strategy. Socially driven and non-profit organizations should evaluate the changes that result from their activities to assess their contribution to societal progress and ensure the success of the interventions.This study assesses the value creation of an educational intervention for young girls in Mozambique and focuses on underlining the constructs used to design and measure its impact. It indicates that early pregnancy and marriage are the main drivers for female low school attainment in developing countries and highlights the importance of investing in education, evidencing the positive returns associated with a higher level of education, that include financial returns on wages that range from 19.3% on average, for women with primary education, to 323,4% for women with tertiary education.By crossing the strategic pillars of the program with the prominent causes for low school attainment, the study elucidates how organizations can use similar assessments to design interventions that are effective in addressing societal issues and creating social value. That is core to define the program's outcomes and articulate the elements of its Theory of Change.Through the Impact Management Framework, the study analyzes the five dimensions of the program impact measurement system. In addition, it combines these insights with the findings on Mozambican education to propose a long-term assessment that ensures the program monitors the progress of the participants throughout secondary education when they still face challenges to fulfill their educational path.
Date of Award21 Oct 2021
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Universidade Católica Portuguesa
SupervisorFilipe Santos (Supervisor)


  • Value-creation
  • Social impact
  • Measurement
  • Theory of change
  • Education
  • GirlMOVE
  • Impact management project


  • Mestrado em Gestão e Administração de Empresas

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