GrOW Resources

Working Papers:


  • Jyotsna Jha and Niveditha Menon’s article has been published in The Economic and Political Weekly (March 19, 2016 – on page 21) on: Why It Is Important to Retain an Independent Mahila Samakhya Programme. The article can be viewed here.
  • Alejandra Vargas Garcia from International Development Research Centre (IDRC) has written about the Workshop on Mahila Samakhya’s Impact on Social and Economic Change: Building on the Evidences which was organised on 16 January 2016 by CBPS in New Delhi. It has been featured on the IDRC Website and can be viewed here.


Newspaper Articles and Media Coverage:

  • Niki Wilson’s article titled Determining women’s destiny – How evaluating an educational program that helps women in India empower themselves could help ensure its future. It was published on 17 May 2016 in the Charting Change website. Niveditha Menon and the CBPS GrOW team have been mentioned in this article.
  • On July 12 2016, The Telegraph, Calcutta, India published an article titled Social battle that empowered a deprived caste with rights that referenced the EPW article on Mahila Samakhya written by Jyostna Jha and Niveditha Menon.
  • On 17 February 2016, Hindustan Exclusive (Muzaffarpur) published an article on Women’s Empowerment in Bihar, with a reference to CBPS Study on Mahila Samakhya. Jyotsna Jha, CBPS and Edgard Rodriguez, IDRC, Canada attended Mahila Samakhya’s Federation meeting at Muzaffarpur.




A few presentations based on the study are available below:

  1. The team presented a paper titled “The Individual and the Collective: Understanding the Empowerment Process of Mahila Samakhya in Bihar” on 5 May 2017 in the technical session on Unlocking the Potential of Feminisms and Women’s Movement, organized by the Third World Conference on Women’s studies, held in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Presentation will be made available on request.
  2. Two paper presentations were made via teleconference at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Lahore, Pakistan. The first presentation was on 22 of April, 2017 titled ‘The methodology of Mahila Samakhya: Understanding the Sangha as a space for empowerment’. The second presentation was on 23 April 2017 titled ‘Impact of Women’s Action Groups over Three decades: Quasi-Experimental Approach to estimate the Economic Empowerment of Women in Three Districts in Bihar’. Presentations will be made available on request.
  3. A Workshop on Mahila Samakhya’s Impact on Social and Economic Change: Building on the Evidences was organised on 16 January 2016  in New Delhi, with presentations from CBPS, Ankur Sarin (IIMA), Arnab Mukherji (IIMB) and the Mahila Samakhya Policy Brief.
  4. The research design of the study was presented at our Annual Seminar 2015 and is available here.



  • Maithreyi has written a blog on The Many Faces of Participatory Methodologies here and it can be viewed here.
  • Shreekanth has written a blog on The Problem of Researchers’ Discretion in Propensity Score Matching and it can be viewed here.
  • Neha has written a blog on Fitting into my own shoes: Reflections from the Field and it can be viewed here.
  • Padmaja has written a blog on Reflections on Field-Work and it can be viewed here.
  • Niveditha has written a blog on Do women in India require empowerment? and it can be viewed here.
  • Jyotsna has written a blog on Women’s Empowerment: Still a Long Way to go! (Dilli abhi bahut door hai) and can be viewed here.


CBPS GrOW Films: 

Visual material has been a critical element to this project, and we have collated a few of these into short videos and films. They are:

  • A brief video made by International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada about the study is available here.
  • A brief introduction to the premise of the study, the research questions, and the methodology of the study can be found here.