The Evidence Consortium on Women’s Groups
The Evidence Consortium on Women’s Groups aims to generate and synthesize rigorous evidence to guide development partners, practitioners, researchers, and policy makers in implementing and strengthening programming and policies on women’s groups globally, with a current focus on India, Nigeria, and Uganda.
Learning Agenda on Women’s Groups
The Evidence Consortium on Women’s Groups has developed a learning agenda (full version | summary version) based on a portfolio evaluation of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s investments in women’s groups across South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. The learning agenda will address key evidence gaps on the impact, cost-effectiveness, and the implementation of women’s groups at scale in India, Nigeria, and Uganda.
2021-03-29: The Evidence Consortium on Women’s groups collaborated with a group of practitioners, researchers, and funders to conduct an evidence review of how women’s savings groups and their members have navigated the pandemic. Based on emerging findings, they advance a series of recommendations for how governments, organizations, donors, and researchers can support savings groups. This report captures findings from studies undertaken across sub-Saharan Africa over the past year. It focuses on the impact the pandemic (and some of the associated policy responses) have had on savings groups and other women’s groups as well as the ability of these groups to mitigate the effects of shocks for their members and communities.
Read the review here
Read the executive summary here
Read the review in French here
2021-06-02: Financial inclusion and livelihoods programs, like microfinance, financial literacy, and women’s empowerment programs, often show reduced impacts when scaled up. Yet, scaling up may lead to economies of scale, which can reduce average costs of operations and maintain the program’s cost-effectiveness despite lower impact. This ECWG paper shows evidence on the association between program scale, costs, and cost-effectiveness of large-scale development interventions by analyzing how the costs of a large-scale Self-Help Group program in India changed over a twelve-year period.
Read the paper here.