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Economic Programmes and Poverty Reduction: NGO Experiences from Tamil Nadu – isec

Economic Programmes and Poverty Reduction: NGO Experiences from Tamil Nadu

Abstract

The impact of economic programmes of SHARE, an NGO from Tamil Nadu, on poverty reduction is analysed with the help of data from 84 hosueholds. The economic programmes contributed to savings and income increase, and enhanced the leadership qualities, awareness and knowledge. The member group is not significantly different from the comparison group in terms of control over income and decision-making. This suggests that the NGO economic programmes have limitation is bringing about non-economic benefits.

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