CARE investigated how women’s participation in savings groups influenced their public participation in five countries across Africa and South Asia (Burundi, Mali, Niger, Pakistan, and Sudan). We compared results across three CARE programmes: The Every Voice Counts programme implemented by CARE Nederland, the Recovery Support for Vulnerable Households programme, and the Women on the Move programme.
Yes, women’s participation in savings groups influences their public participation. Yet, they are not necessarily more influential for women than membership in other community-based organisations. In fact, women are – in most cases – members of both savings groups and other community groups.
Our key findings include:
Download and read the study for more details on the findings across the countries and programmes.
Please find the French translation of this case study via this link.
Case studies from Burundi, Pakistan, and Sudan are also available for download.
CARE International Position Paper on Women’s Equal Voice and Leadership
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