This webinar will focus on mechanisms in interventions with women’s groups in low and middle-income country settings. The speakers will present findings from two recent evidence reviews: a synthesis of experimental and quasi-experimental evidence on livelihoods, health and adolescent groups and a mixed-methods systematic review of interventions with community groups to improve women’s and children’s health. The panelists, who bring wide experience implementing and researching women’s groups interventions, will discuss implications of these reviews on programs and the evidence base on women’s groups.
Community groups (SHGs, farmer groups, saving groups, etc.) are one of the important platforms for local economic development (LED). Most of the community group members are women. Focusing on LED strategies is key to ensuring longer-term local economic recovery and resilience. Such approaches entail investing in entrepreneurship of community/women groups, linking community institutions to value chains, investing in productive infrastructure, supporting financial institutions, and developing public-private partnerships. This session will explore how community/women groups are coping up with COVID and discuss strategies to support women groups and collectives for the transition to economic institutions and longer-term local economic recovery.
The webinar will discuss findings of mixed-methods systematic review on community interventions with women’s groups to improve health outcomes in India. Authors will present a summary from a review of 99 studies, followed by a discussion of how the findings can inform large-scale programs with women’s groups implemented by the National Health Mission and National Rural Livelihoods Mission.
The webinar is hosted by the Evidence Consortium on Women's Groups (ECWG) and University College London (UCL) Centre for the Health of Women, Children and Adolescents.
October 21, 2019 – October 23, 2019
At a lunch-time session, Sybil Chidiac and Dr. Yamini Atmavilas of the Gates foundation presented its women’s empowerment collectives strategy, and Dr. Thomas de Hoop from ECWG shared its objectives and learning agenda based on evidence-gaps.