Bidisha Barooah

Bidisha Barooah
Designation: Lead Evaluation Specialist & Leader, Gender & Livelihoods
Bidisha Barooah is Senior Evaluation Specialist at 3ie. Bidisha leads 3ie's work on rural livelihoods and women's empowerment. She holds a PhD in Economics in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics.

Blogs by author

A framework for examining women’s economic empowerment in collective enterprises

Swashakt, launched with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2020, has now reached more than 6900 women across 480 villages in 10 Indian states who have become a part of farm or non-farm women’s collective enterprises. In this blog, we discuss how we define and measure women’s economic empowerment in the context of our program. The detailed framework is discussed in a forthcoming paper.

It’s time to take note of the Self Help Groups’ potential

As the world is scrambling for resources to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak, India is fortunate to have a motivated cadre of women assisting the fight at the community-level. Rightfully called the ‘silent soldiers’, the 690 lakh or so women members of around 63 lakh Self Help Groups (SHGs) across the country formed under the Indian government’s flagship Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM) have come to the forefront.

Phone surveys in developing countries need an abundance of caution

Subha Mani and Bidisha Barooah write about the need for researchers to exercise an abundance of caution before conducting phone surveys to collect data during this global pandemic. In this blog, they discuss some of the risks that survey respondents might face and offer suggestions on how researchers could mitigate them.

Group think – taking stock of the evidence on group-based livelihood programmes

Mobilizing the poor in low-income countries into groups to deliver livelihoods interventions has become a favoured approach in the development community to address poverty.