Sampark conducts evaluation studies on a wide universe of development issues across India and South East Asia. Prominent studies on the issues of livelihood security, study of an NGO and freedom from bondage have been listed below.
<em><span>The study used both quantitative and qualitative data from both primary as well secondary sources. The actual primary data using questionnaire survey has covered 225 groups out of which 223 have been used for quantitative analysis. The study used qualitative methods such Focus Group Discussions (FGDs), interviews and case studies, and obtained information from members of 44 groups (which were part of total sample of 225 groups) covering 237 women and 28 people from various stakeholder institutions. The conclusion of the study was that the SM programme has an entry point to initiate an empowering process with a strong human development focus. It has enabled women to inculcate savings habit, access cheaper credit which has reduced dependency, increase confidence level of women and expose them to mainstream institutions like banks and government offices. However, these groups need to travel a long way in terms of building their capacities to manage their organization, taking shared responsibilities, utilizing their resources well, engaging in livelihood based activities and participating in decision making at group, household and community level. They need to be organized into strong people’s institution, with access to mainstream resources and overall improved livelihoods. Government and the other various players have a significant role to play in improving the capacities of these women groups for the success of the SHG approach and achievement of poverty alleviation and </span></em><span>empowerment<em> of women.</em></span>
- Strengthen the SHGs on book writing and management of SHGs
- Provide training on enterprise development
- Use of innovative strategies to include poorest of the poor in the SGHs, which is the main objective of the programme