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Tanzania Pamoja Learning Review

The Christian Council of Tanzania (CCT) implemented the Pamoja Kongwa project from 2014 to 2017 in 25 project villages in Kongwa district to increase access to financial and social capital. The Pamoja methodology is based on the SHG approach and was adapted for Tanzania; it is primarily conducted through the church. Through desk reviews, interviews and focus group discussions, this program evaluation determined that the Pamoja Kongwa project met and exceeded most of its objectives.

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How Self Help Groups Strengthen Resilience: Tackling Food Security in Protracted Crises

The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) investigated the effect SHGs have on building resilience and food security in chronic crises and found that they were very effective when coping with idiosyncratic shocks in SNNPR, Ethiopia. Covariate shocks were more complicated, because in those cases the entire community suffered and often members diversified their incomes with climate- dependent initiatives.

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Psycho-Social Outcomes and Mechanisms of SHGs in Ethiopia

Cromie et al. (2017) evaluated the impact of SHGs in Ethiopia on the psychosocial and spiritual wellbeing of their members. They studied Tearfund’s SHGs both quantitatively and qualitatively as a cross-sectional study at one point in time. The study found the impact of SHGs on psychosocial outcomes to be significant and cumulative since older groups scored more highly on psychological and social wellbeing.

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Final Evaluation of the SHG/Food Security Programme, Horn of Africa

Tear Netherlands and Tearfund UK partnered to implement a food security program in the Horn of Africa (Kenya, Ethiopia, Somaliland), with SHGs playing a central role. The final evaluation of the program evaluated the impact of the initiative on the food security and resilience of the most marginalized in the area. The evaluation team found that SHG members, especially longer standing ones, were better able than non-members to withstand shocks such as drought and were better placed for recovery.

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Humanitarian Cash Transfers Through Self Help Groups

The University of Reading evaluated modalities for delivering emergency assistance to SHGs during the 2015 drought in Ethiopia. The study involved 230 groups receiving 30 USD per SHG member. The study found that SHGs with transfers saved and invested more; there was no damage to the capital accumulation from before the cash transfer; and social structures were unaffected.  

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Self Help Groups and Drought Resilience: Lessons from Ethiopia

The Tufts Feinstein International Center evaluated the role of Self Help Groups in building drought resilience in the 2015/2016 drought in Ethiopia. The study found that mature Self Help Groups were better able to protect their livestock, better able to reduce their group savings without reducing payments, and better able to maintain their household food supply.

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Evaluation Report: Tearfund Ireland Self Help Development in Wolaita and Sidama

This end of project evaluation assessed Tearfund Ireland’s SHG project in Ethiopia against OECD-DAC evaluation criteria. The project ranked highly on all five criteria: it holistically empowered the poorest members of the community; improved nutrition, health, education, household income and assets; and avoided high interest rates. SHGs were highly efficient, with major changes occurring at a low cost.

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Assessment of the Self Help Group (SHG) and Village Savings and Loans (VSL) Approaches

An assessment of a Tearfund-funded HIV/Aids program in Malawi compared Village Savings and Loans (VSL) and SHG approaches. The study found that both methods enhanced savings culture, investment in businesses, asset accumulation, social interaction and increased members’ knowledge base. SHGs had a relatively higher potential for long-term economic growth and sustainability, socio-political empowerment of women on issues affecting their community, and enhanced leadership and self esteem.

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