Building Collaboration

We are always stronger together.

We work to facilitate connections between women, grassroots organizations, governments, philanthropists, and likeminded organizations. We believe that by building an ecosystem of organizations and actors that can allow SHGs to thrive, the benefits of Self Help Groups will grow and multiply.

If evidence is the backbone to good policymaking, collaboration is the backbone to good evidence. We believe that the best research results come from mutually reinforcing partnerships between academics, SHGs, implementing agencies, and policymakers. We regularly bring together practitioners and researchers to share learnings, develop partnerships, and build the capacity of SHG leaders. Through policy briefs and evidence symposia we work to reach all relevant partners and ensure that relevant lessons and best practices are shared broadly and integrated into programs and policies.

Here are some examples of ongoing collaborations where we are seeking to create systems level change through a partnership approach. We would love to hear from you if you would like to join us in this mission. Contact Us

 
 

Case Studies

 
 
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Building a digital platform for SHG facilitators

We have been working in partnership with Code Innovation to build a digital curriculum for SHG facilitators. This is complemented by an MIS/dashboard that allows organizations and facilitators to track the progress of their groups. With support from the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the digital platform is now in nine languages, working with 13 implementing partners across India, Africa and the Caribbean. More information can be found on the SHG digital platform website.

 

 

The SHG Digital Platform is now operating in nine languages with 13 implementing partners across India, Africa and the Caribbean.

 

 
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Investigating the impact of women’s empowerment and collective action on child protection

The Share Trust is working with Hopeland, an organisation that works to prevent family separation, to identify ways in which women’s collectives can provide an avenue to support families to stay together, reducing the incidence of children given up for adoption, child marriage, or trafficking. We have put together an evidence review outlining the important role family and community centered approaches such as SHGs can have in preventing family/child separation and empowering caregivers.

 

 
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Building resilience to conflict and drought in Somalia

The Share Trust and Concern Worldwide are working together in Somalia to understand how the network of Self Help Groups in Somalia is supporting individuals and communities to cope with shocks and stresses due to drought and conflict. Funded by the UK Department for International Development, we are working to understand the existing evidence base, convene existing SHG practitioners to learn how they can best be supported to build a thriving ecosystem of SHGs, and establishing a research and evidence plan to investigate the role that SHGs play in people’s ability to cope with crisis.

 

 
Photo credit: James Morgan/Tearfund

Photo credit: James Morgan/Tearfund

Identifying the core components of an SHG

In October 2018, The Share Trust facilitated a workshop with Tearfund, working in collaboration with their country offices to bring together best practice, evidence and learning to streamline their SHG approach. We collaboratively summarized the key principles, structure and adaptations implemented in different contexts, as well as outlined the stages of the SHG process. Defining characteristics of the approach are a strong focus on holistic development and relationship building. The SHGs belong to the members, who set a clear vision and rules for their group moving forward.

 

 
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Understanding social capacities and resilience in Fragile and Conflict Affected States (FCAS)

Mercy Corps and The Share Trust are researching the linkages between social capacities and resilience in FCAS, particularly focusing on the role played by women’s groups. Social capacities such as aspiration, self-efficacy and social capital are increasingly linked to resilience, and SHGs are a key mechanism for building such capacities. We are seeking to understand the process of change linking participation in women’s collectives with social empowerment and resilience, and the specific conditions that augment these pathways.