Posts tagged Food Security
An Overview of Self Help Groups and their Contributions to Improved Food Security

Entz et al. (2016) reviewed both academic and grey literature to determine that Self Help Groups/Savings Groups had a net positive impact on food security. Out of 18 reports reviewed, 17 showed some improvement in household food consumption, reduction in lean months, increase in meals per day, increased diversity in diet, reduction in “suffering” due to food insecurity or increases in food security indices.

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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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Socio-Economic Impacts of JEEViKA: A Large Scale Self Help Group Project in Bihar, India

JEEViKA is a rural poverty reduction program in Bihar, India, and this study looked at the effects it had on promoting socio-economic inclusion for rural impoverished households. The study found that JEEViKA resulted in higher levels of women’s empowerment, measured through increased mobility, decision-making and potential for collective action.  

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A Cost Benefit Analysis of Self Help Groups in Ethiopia

A cost-benefit analysis of Tearfund’s SHGs in Ethiopia found SHGs to be high impact and low cost, with a benefit-to-cost ratio ranging from 58:1 to 173:1. The returns on donor investment were high. SHG expansion was organic and scaled quickly. SHG members reported many social benefits, as well as increased asset accumulation, food security, and environmental awareness. The model has the potential to benefit women and girls and reduce religious and ethnic tensions. 

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