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Are SHGs catalysts of inclusive sustainable rural development? Impact assessment of SKDRDP interventions in India

B, Venkatraja
Theinternational journal of sustainable development and world ecology 2019 v.26 no.4 pp. 302-312
data collection, development projects, factor analysis, local government, nongovernmental organizations, rural development, surveys, sustainable development, India
The objective of this study is to analyse whether self-help groups (SHGs) play catalyst role in the inclusive and sustainable development of rural poor. This has been empirically examined in Indian scenario with a specific case of SHGs promoted by Shri Kshetra Dharmasthala Rural Development Project (SKDRDP), using secondary and primary data. A sample survey of 419 SKDRDP-promoted SHG members was conducted in Dakshina Kannada and Madikeri districts of Karnataka state in India. The data collected are analysed by adopting factor analysis technique. The results exhibit that SKDRDP-promoted SHGs contribute significantly to reforms in the society, enhance the capability of rural poor, and enable economic well-being and financial inclusion of the poor. Thus, SHG activities enable inclusive and sustainable rural development. The results have significant implications to the policymakers, non-government organisations, and local government organisations of underdeveloped economies.