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Strengthening women’s Collectives

‘Strengthening Women’s Collectives’, a three years multi country project was implemented by ActionAid International in Nepal, India and Bangladesh which was funded by the European Commission. The project started from March 2013 and was implemented till February 2016. In Nepal, ActionAid Nepal implemented the project in 10 Village Development Committees of Terhathum district in partnership with Deurali Society (DS), Dalit Awareness Society (DAS) and Prerana, National Secretariat of Women Rights Forum.

Project Duration: 36 months (1 March 2013 - 28 February 2016)

Total Budget:  € 423,502

Objectives of the Project

Overall Objective:

Support poor women's social and economic empowerment and right to decent work in Bangladesh, India and Nepal

Specific Objective:

Contribute to an increase in poor women's equal access to and control over economic resources and public services by strengthening women's only cooperatives.

The project was focused on five major results:

  • Well-established and sustainable women-only collectives that enable members to earn and benefit from an income.
  • Increased technical skills for rural women to participate in production, processing and marketing of goods based on economical, social and environmentally sustainable production methods
  • Increased recognition of women's paid work and unpaid care work by the community and government
  • Women’s collectives are linked to networks and local CSOs and advocate for targeted government support to women’s collectives (institutional and technical capacity, financial support, access to markets etc.)
  • Governments and donors are aware of these innovative collectives that can be used as a starting point to design and implement initiatives and public policies based in an holistic approach to women's collectives, integrating women’s unpaid care work and sustainable production processes
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This project was funded by File 36224