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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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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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  • Bali Swain, Ranjula, 2009. "The Impact of Skill Development and Human Capital Training on Self Help Groups," Working Paper Series 2009:11, Uppsala University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:uunewp:2009_011
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    Keywords

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

    JEL classification:

    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty
    • O12 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development

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