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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.

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2020-12-16: ECWG has released two working papers:
"Economies of Scale of Large-Scale International Development Interventions: Evidence from Self-Help Groups in India”: This study builds evidence on the association between program scale and costs by analyzing how costs of a large-scale Self-Help Group (SHG) program in India changed over an eight-year period. Read it here.
“Improving evidence on women’s groups: A proposed typology and reporting checklist": To address the gap of describing women’s group models with greater accuracy, this paper proposes: (i) a typology to categorize women’s groups and (ii) a set of common reporting indicators to describe implementation models. Read it here.

2020-10-22: ECWG hosted a webinar on "Mechanisms in Women’s Groups Interventions: Findings from two recent reviews". This webinar focused on mechanisms in interventions with women’s groups in low and middle-income country settings. Watch the recording.