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Grass-roots NGOs by women for women

india Updated: Oct 28, 2006 17:26 IST

Adopting an inter-disciplinary approach, this book provides an in-depth understanding of why grass-roots Indian NGOs run by women for women, tend to be successful.

Based on first-hand observations spanning five years and interviews with 20 founders of NGOs, this book explores the factors that motivate and facilitate women entrepreneurship in the development sector.

It examines the organisational structures that have evolved based on feminist ideology and the services provided (eg, self-help groups and micro-finance).

The Authors

Femida Handy (in pic) is Associate Professor at the School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania.

Meenaz Kassam is Assistant Professor, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.

Suzzane Feeney is Director, Institute for Nonprofit Management.

Bhagyashree Ranade is CEO, Marketing and Market Research Consultants, Pune.

The authors also discuss the social impact of these NGOs in promoting both development and women's empowerment.



They show how small NGOs are particularly effective in garnering support from the grass-roots and in tapping the knowledge base of local communities.

Overall, the authors find that women entrepreneurs act as facilitators with a unique leadership style and that they encourage community-based movements grounded in local issues.

As a result, these NGOs are successfully changing the landscape of rural poverty in India while ushering in sustainable development.

This book will be of relevance to NGOs and funding agencies, as well as to students and researchers engaged in development studies, women's studies, entrepreneurship and poverty studies.

Ultimately, it will be of interest to all those who wish to read about women excelling against all odds

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