Swashakt: Empowering women through collective-based approaches
India has one of the lowest female labour force participation rates in South Asia. Among rural women, less than 30 per cent are engaged in productive work, paid or unpaid. The government has launched several programmes and initiatives, such as the National Rural Livelihoods Mission, to support and enhance women’s livelihoods and their economic and social empowerment.
Under the Swashakt evidence programme, 3ie will fund the implementation of pilot and at-scale projects that support collectives and group-based models for women-led businesses, including non-farm and service enterprises that may be operating in partnership with state rural livelihood missions. We will also fund and publish impact evaluations that assess the effectiveness of these projects.
To extract insights on the feasibility, scalability and cost-effectiveness of these collective-based approaches, the findings and lessons from the programme will be synthesised and published. Findings will also inform an ongoing 3ie systematic review on group-based livelihood programmes.
3ie has received a grant for this programme from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.