Research Papers

Measuring coordination between women’s self-help groups and local health systems in rural India: a social network analysis

Microfinance institutions comprising self-help groups (SHGs) are increasingly recognised as promising avenues for expanding health and social services to vulnerable populations.1–3In India, the concept of women’s SHGs has evolved over the past three decades. The basic SHG structure remains defined as informal groups of 10–20 women [...]

Scaling up farmer preferred rice varieties through participatory varietal selection by women self help groups

Limited availability of farmer preferred improved variety quality seed has been a major impediment in increasing rice (Oryza sativa L.) productivity in mid plain zone of Uttar Pradesh, India. The poor farmers are also not able to afford the seed cost when purchased from market. Keeping [...]

Perceived Social Networks and Newborn Health: Evidence from Self-Help Group Communities in Northern India

The limitations of individual level interventions in changing behaviors to improve global maternal, newborn and child health have generated more interest in the patterns of social influence and decision making embedded in families, friends and communities. The purpose of this study is to expand the understanding [...]