Tejaswini Women's Empowerment Programme

https://www.ifad.org/en/web/ioe/evaluation/asset/41984457

Overview

The Independent Evaluation Office of IFAD (IOE) has prepared a project performance evaluation (PPE) report on the Tejaswini Rural Women’s Empowerment Programme. The project was implemented in India, in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, between 2007 and 2018. The evaluation found that the project demonstrated a promising model for women’s empowerment. The development of successful self-financing SHG apex organizations provided valued economic and social services to the target populations, while the effective system to manage the performance of SHGs facilitated access to further sources of financial support. The evaluation noted some areas for improvement. For example, value chain activities were incorporated at a late stage and were mostly supply-driven: this limited the improvement in household income that the project could bring about. In addition, sustainable and climate-resilient practices could have been integrated further into project activities. Moving forward, the evaluation makes a number of recommendations, including continued application of the SHG models developed, adopting a market-aware approach to economic empowerment that is responsive to the needs of different groups of women and including an explicit focus on climate change resilience and sustainable natural resource management.

Report Details

Agency

  • International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Report Type

  • Project/Programme

Countries

  • India

Completed Date

  • Jul 2020

Consultant Name

  • Sally Smith

Agency Focal Person

  • Eoghan Molloy

Agency Focal Person Email

  • e.molloy@ifad.org

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Joint Evaluation

  • No

Pooled Funding Evaluation

  • N/A

SDGs

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger