Call for Proposals Invited for Qualitative study on self-help groups in India

Call for Proposals Invited for Qualitative study on self-help groups in India

Organization: International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie)

Apply By: 15 Jul 2019

About the organization

The International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) is a global leader in funding, producing, quality assuring and synthesising rigorous evidence. They support studies and reviews that examine what works, for whom, why and at what cost in low- and middle-income countries (L&MICs). They are also a global advocate for the generation and use of quality evidence in development decision-making.

About the Call for Proposals

3ie invites organisations or consortia to submit proposals to conduct one qualitative evaluation on women’s self-help groups (SHGs) in rural India. This qualitative study is expected to inform a 3ie-led impact evaluation that is assessing the National Rural Livelihoods Mission’s (NRLM) impact on households and women’s socio-economic and human development outcomes.

About the Project

3ie is collaborating with the Ministry of Rural Development, the Gates Foundation and World Bank to conduct an impact evaluation of the National Rural Livelihoods Project (NRLP). The NRLP operates within the ambit of the NRLM to build capacities of the national, state and union territory governments, as part of creating an enabling environment to facilitate transition of all state and union territory administration of Swarnjayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana to NRLM. The impact evaluation will measure the impact of NRLP interventions on socio-economic outcomes and draw key lessons that will help inform the design and expansion of the programme. The qualitative evaluation will complement the findings and recommendations of this impact evaluation.

A key objective of NRLM is to build strong, self-managed, women’s institutions, including SHGs and their federations. However, the growth and expansion of the programme has not been without challenges. Preliminary data from a survey conducted during 3ie’s impact evaluation has revealed that several SHGs have closed down after a few years of operation. The role of SHG federations has also varied across states.


The proposed qualitative study will be conducted in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand, which are among the nine states included in the ongoing impact evaluation. The study should be completed within three months.


3ie will fund one qualitative study to answer two questions:

  • What factors are responsible for SHGs that are not sustained?
  • At the institutional level, what role do SHG federations, i.e. village organisations and cluster level federations, play in determining SHG quality, functioning and sustainability?


3ie will provide funding of up to USD 90,000 for one evaluation, which will be completed within three months.


  • Only legally registered organisations and consortia of registered organisations, not individuals, may apply.
  • The grant-holding organisation and the lead PI may be located anywhere in the world.
  • The research team should include at least one researcher who is an Indian resident. The national researcher must be engaged in substantive tasks, including study design, data analysis, report writing, ongoing stakeholder engagement and promoting evidence uptake.
  • Each proposal must be submitted by a single organisation that may include others as sub-grantees or sub-contractors (subject to 3ie’s direct and indirect cost policies).
  • For-profit organisations are eligible to apply, and are restricted to the same indirect cost limits as non-profit organisations. They may not charge a fee.
  • The applicant organisation must be able to sign the 3ie grant agreement

How to Apply

Please send the complete package of application documents to nrlm_qualeval@3ieimpact.org with ‘NRLM qualitative evaluation proposal 2019’ in the subject line.

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