Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/146255
Authors: 
Gangadharan, Lata
Jain, Tarun
Maitra, Pushkar
Vecci, Joseph
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper 2016/64
Abstract: 
Participatory community programmes are a potentially important tool for social empowerment and economic development. How do participatory programmes that specifically target women affect community trust and cohesion? This question is important since the longterm success of such programmes might depend critically on the behavioural transformation that they generate. We examine this question in the context of JEEViKA, a community-based empowerment programme that targets women in Bihar, India. Field experiments and surveys in 40 villages in Bihar reveal that JEEViKA is associated with significantly greater trust by and towards women suggesting an important role for community programmes in building economic relationships. We do not find significant differences between JEEViKA and non-JEEViKA villages in term of trustworthiness. Finally, we also find evidence that exposure to JEEViKA is associated with changes in attitudes towards women and their appropriate role in society.
Subjects: 
community development programmes
women's empowerment
artefactual field experiments
trust
Bihar
India
JEL: 
C93
D03
H43
H53
H75
J16
ISBN: 
978-92-9256-107-9
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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