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.
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?
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.
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
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.
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.
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.