SELF-HELP GROUPS AND EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN: SELF-SELECTION, OR ACTUAL BENEFITS?
Article first published online: 24 JAN 2012
Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Journal of International Development
Volume 26, Issue 4, pages 422–437, May 2014
How to Cite
Husain, Z., Mukerjee, D. and Dutta, M. (2014), SELF-HELP GROUPS AND EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN: SELF-SELECTION, OR ACTUAL BENEFITS?. J. Int. Dev., 26: 422–437. doi: 10.1002/jid.2815
- Issue published online: 4 MAY 2014
- Article first published online: 24 JAN 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 22 DEC 2011
- Manuscript Revised: 22 NOV 2010
- Manuscript Received: 27 AUG 2010
- self-help groups;
- nonparametric tests;
Researchers argue that programmes promoting SHGs often attract women already active in the public domain (‘self-selection effect’), excluding those most in need of assistance. This exaggerates estimates of the effects of the programme (‘programme effects’). This paper attempts to test the significance of the programme effect of SHGs by comparing empowerment levels of newly inducted and older members of SHGs, based on a survey conducted in six municipalities in West Bengal, India. Results indicate that programme effects operated only to reduce tolerance of domestic violence and enhance status of members within the household. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.