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Sustainability Factors of Self-Help Groups in Disaster-Affected Communities

Publication Type : Journal Article

Source : Sustainability 15(1):647, DOI: 10.3390/su15010647

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Keywords : sustainability factors, sustainability measurement, self-help group sustainability, disaster-affected communities

Campus : Amritapuri

School : School of Business

Year : 2023

Abstract : Self-help groups are informal associations that use social capital to overcome resource constraints and act as a catalyst for rural development, women, and social empowerment. This study tries to identify the factors that affect the sustainability of self-help groups in natural disaster-affected communities. Natural calamities in the form of droughts, floods, or cyclones pose major challenges to livelihood in disaster-prone regions. The study is based on survey data from two different disaster-prone locations: the cyclone- and flood-prone Sundarbans, and drought-prone Bankura in West Bengal, India. Applying principal component analysis to the responses of 143 self-help group members, the study identifies four factors responsible for the sustainability of these self-help groups. This study shows that managerial functions, trust, fund utilization, and easy financing are the factors that matter the most. The findings suggest that policymakers and local governments can focus on these aspects to ensure the effectiveness of self-help groups in meeting their social objectives.

Cite this Research Publication : Sameek Ghosh, Sougata Ray, Rajiv Nair, ‘Sustainability Factors of Self-Help Groups in Disaster-Affected Communities,’ Sustainability 15(1):647, DOI: 10.3390/su15010647

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