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Client Type : Multilateral and Bi-lateral Agencies
Practice Area : Development Sector Consulting
Project Type : Monitoring & Evaluation , Knowledge Management , Research
Project Status : Completed Projects
Sectors : Gender

Client: UNDP

Timelines: December 2009-April 2010,

Scale: Eastern Uttar Pradesh

Objective:The project adopted an integrated approach in the 500 project villages to simultaneously strengthen the key dimensions of women’s empowerment – social, economic and political. The project’s immediate objective was “By 2013, women supported by the project in Jaunpur, Mirzapur and Sant Ravidas Nagar districts achieve a secure and enhanced income and effectively participate and contribute to decision-making in domestic and public spheres”.
The empowerment framework of the project addressed three synergistic elements:

  • Processes aimed at transforming power relations between women and men among different social groups
  • Empowerment - economic, social, political - to encompass women’s multiple roles and interests
  • Interventions required at various levels - to impinge on structural issues of caste, religion and class.
For this purpose, UNDP commissioned NRMC to conduct an integrated baseline study

NRMC India’s Role:

  • Identification of robust output, outcome and impact indicators of the project that can be tracked over the project duration (mid-term and end-of-project)
  • Designing appropriate methodologies for collection of quantitative and qualitative data against these indicators
  • Selection of an appropriate sample of project and control villages, which would be revisited during the course of the project to assess outcomes and impact by double comparison (project and control villages, before and after the project interventions)
  • Collection of baseline data against the indicators and analyse it to present the baseline status of economic, social and political empowerment of SHGs and the wider community in the project villages
  • Suggestions for improvement, Facilitate M&E and share best practices.
  • With respect to the nature of project activities, a quasi-experimental time-series design was adopted