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Digital Solutions for SHGs in Chhattisgarh – The COVID-19 Pandemic: Project Modifications and Learnings

August, 2020

Women’s collectives, particularly self-help groups (SHGs), have contributed significantly to advancing women’s empowerment in India, especially for the marginalised segments. It is estimated that there are 7.3 million SHGs in India. Several studies conducted in different states have highlighted the positive impact of women’s collectives on different aspects of women’s empowerment as well as poverty reduction. In recent years, several efforts have been made to leverage digital tools to enhance the functioning of women self-help groups. In Chhattisgarh, IWWAGE – an initiative of LEAD at Krea University, is partnering with the State Rural Livelihoods Mission (SRLM) and Haqdarshak Empowerment Solutions Private Limited (HESPL) to train SHG members on a digital application, which can enhance their livelihood opportunities. The digital tool, Haqdarshak, is an innovative mobile application developed by HESPL. In addition to collaborating on the implementation of this livelihood model, LEAD and IWWAGE are also conducting an impact and process evaluation of the Haqdarshak programme, which will answer questions on its effectiveness and efficiency. Due to the challenges in implementing the project on the ground during the COVID-19 outbreak, the project has been adapted to the changing context and the evaluation design has been modified as well. This learning note presents insights on the implementation process.

Resource Type Learning note

Topics Gender, childcare, SHGs, digitisation ,