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The Impact of Skill Development and Human Capital Training on Self Help Groups

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  • Bali Swain, Ranjula

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    (Department of Economics)

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We evaluate the effect of training, in both skill development and human capital, provided by facilitators of self help groups (SHGs). Indian SHGs are unique in that they are mainly NGOformed microfinance groups but later funded by commercial banks. The results suggest that, in general, training does not impact assets but training can reverse the potentially negative effect of credit on income. Moreover, training is more effective for asset accumulation in villages with better infrastructure. In terms of training delivery, results show that the most effective linkage is when NGOs form groups and banks finance SHGs.

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Paper provided by Uppsala University, Department of Economics in its series Working Paper Series with number 2009:11.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: 01 Jul 2009
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:uunewp:2009_011

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Keywords: Asia; India; microfinance; impact studies; training; Self Help Groups;

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