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The ECWG participates in events, conferences, and meetings around the world with an interest in women’s groups, collective action, and economic development. You can keep up with all upcoming events and conferences here. 

Aug28 2020

Women’s Groups and Health in India: Program Implications of a Recent Systematic Review

The webinar discussed findings of mixed-methods systematic review on community interventions with women’s groups to improve health outcomes in India. Authors presented 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 was hosted by the Evidence Consortium on Women's Groups (ECWG) and University College London (UCL) Centre for the Health of Women, Children and Adolescents.

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Jul29 2020

Virtual Innovation Challenge: Driving inclusive and resilient savings groups

The SEEP Network, with support from the Savings Learning Lab, is hosting a virtual Innovation Challenge on 29 July. In the spirit of friendly competition, each of the five finalists will present seven-minute ‘innovation pitches’ on how to drive inclusion and resilience for savings groups. Participants will be invited to share open and honest feedback on each innovation and will use digital polling to rate each pitch in live time and determine the overall winner of the Innovation Challenge.

Jun25 2020

International Association for Feminist Economics 2020 Annual Conference

June 25, 2020 – June 27, 2020

This conference is designed to provide an open forum for the exchange of ideas and the dissemination of research relevant to feminist inquiry of economic issues.

Quito, Ecuador

Jun2 2020

Virtual Roundtable: Women's Economic Empowerment in the Time of COVID-19

The discussion will explore the impact of COVID-19 in these areas of women’s economic empowerment and how projects and organizations are responding to these challenges in practical ways. The virtual roundtable will serve as an opportunity for members to share actionable insights that can inform the work of others in this space.


May20 2020

Webinar on Savings Groups in the Age of COVID

Savings Groups are one of the most consistent and sustainable platforms for community development worldwide. As mobility is restricted and markets falter, the COVID-19 pandemic poses crucial health and economic risks for Savings Groups. As most members are women, they are likely to be disproportionately affected by the health crisis, including additional burdens as primary caregivers, as well as increased risk of intimate partner and sexual violence. Three months into the global pandemic, what is being done to mitigate the impact of the health crisis on Savings Groups and their communities? How are Savings Groups and the organizations that work with them adapting – and to what effect? And how are they planning to build back better, such that both Savings Groups and the programs that support them are more resilient to future crises?


May11 2020

Webinar on Resilient Communities in face of COVID

The National Rural Livelihoods Mission in India has built a resilient platform of community-based organizations reaching every third rural household in India through women groups and their federations. These women groups enable collective capacity building, support access to higher formal finance, and build strong market-oriented producer collectives that enhance voice and value for small farmers.As the COVID-19 pandemic grips the world with paralyzing pace, India’s institutional platform of 6.3 million women groups is at the forefront of a community-led response. The local and state Governments are increasingly using the community platform to develop the response to the crisis. In a post COVID world, with a multi-billion-dollar investment engine at its core and a massive network of decentralized high capacity institutions, does this platform hold the key to swift response and recovery in rural India.  This webinar will discuss implications for investing in this platform for building resilient communities and villages.


Mar10 2020

SG2020: The Future of Savings Groups

Indefinitely Postponed

March 10, 2020 – March 12, 2020

Dr. Garima Siwach and Dr. Thomas de Hoop of the ECWG will present in workshops on estimating the costs and cost-effectiveness of savings groups and measuring women’s empowerment and economic outcomes during the Future of Savings Groups Conference in Durban, South Africa

Durban, South Africa

Nov6 2019

Delhi Evidence Week

November 6, 2019

Dr. Thomas de Hoop of the ECWG participated in a panel on the measurement of women’s empowerment during Delhi Evidence week.

New Delhi, India

Oct21 2019

Small Enterprise Evaluation Project (SEEP) Annual Conference

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.

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Arlington, Virginia, U.S.

Oct17 2019

What Works Global Summit

October 17, 2019

During a panel, Shubha Jayaram of the Gates Foundation, and Dr. Thomas de Hoop and Dr. Sapna Desai of the ECWG presented a preliminary cost-effectiveness analysis of the Jeevika program in Bihar and a systematic review on women’s groups and health outcomes in South Asia.

Mexico City, Mexico