Upamanyu Datta is an Economist with the Social Observatory, a research unit housed in the Development Economics Group at the World Bank. His research interests are in development economics, and leveraging technology for better management of development projects. He holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from University of Maryland, College Park, an M.A. Economics and a B.A. Economics from Jadavpur University, Kolkata.
Are self-help groups helpful?
11 Sep 2015
While a lot of funding goes towards community-driven development projects, rigorous evidence on their socioeconomic impact is limited. This column evaluates the impact of JEEViKA – a rural livelihoods project in Bihar that seeks to empower marginalised women by organising them into self-help groups. It also highlights the importance of understanding how these initiatives work, and the challenges involved in evaluating their impact.
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