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India - Impact Evaluation of JEEViKA Multisectoral Convergence Initiative in Bihar : Engaging Women’s Groups to Improve Nutrition - Summary Report (Inglês)

JEEViKA is a program that was launched in 2006 by the Bihar Rural Livelihoods Promotion Society (an autonomous body under the Department of Rural Development), with the support of the World Bank. It targets women in poor rural households, helping them improve their livelihoods and enhance household incomes through a core set of interventions: organizing the women into self-help groups (SHGs), training and strengthening the SHGs, federating the SHGs into village organizations (VOs) and cluster-level federations (CLFs), and establishing bank linkages for the SHGs and their federations. Over time, these groups can become membership-based social service providers, business entities, and valued clients of the formal banking system. Over its 13 years of operation, JEEViKA has reached some 1.8 million women in thousands of villages and has proven to be very successful at empowering women through their increased economic contributions. This report presents a summary impact evaluation of a pilot program, the JEEViKA Multisectoral Convergence Initiative, that tested the use of the JEEViKA structure to address undernutrition in women and children. Under the pilot, SHG members received messages about mother and child nutrition and about various safe water, sanitation, and hygiene practices. To assess whether the approach is effective and cost-effective, the evaluation compares changes in practices among these women with those of a similar group that did not receive the intervention.


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    India - Impact Evaluation of JEEViKA Multisectoral Convergence Initiative in Bihar : Engaging Women’s Groups to Improve Nutrition - Summary Report

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