Evaluating the Impact of Training in Self-Help Groups in India Academic Article uri icon


  • This article evaluates the impact of widespread training programmes provided by the Self-Help Group (SHG) programme. Indian SHGs are primarily non-governmental organisation (NGO)-formed microfinance groups funded by commercial banks. This article employs evaluation techniques appropriate for current borrowers of a national programme. In addition, the article addresses the double selection issue of membership and training. We correct for membership selection bias using a pipeline method. We then account for training endogeneity with propensity score matching. The results of regression-adjusted matching (which controls for both participation and training selection bias) reveal that specialised training, such as business training, has a greater impact on assets than general training. Furthermore, NGOs should specialise in business training. Sensitivity analyses confirm the robustness of these results.

author list (cited authors)

  • Bali Swain, R., & Varghese, A.

publication date

  • January 1, 2014 11:11 AM