Women Empowerment Programme

Capacity Building Workshop On Federation Sustainability
The second capacity building workshop for the Women Empowerment Programme field Staff on ‘Federation Sustainability’ was organised on 23rd and 24th October 2018 at KROSS Resource cum Training Center, Bengaluru. 40 Staff from 7 DSSSs participated in the workshop.

Rev. Fr. Sebastian Fernandes, Director, KROSS in his introductory address to the participants, emphasised on the need of Sustainability of the SHGs and Federations for empowerment of the people at the grassroots.

The workshop began with the presentation of the SWOT analysis of the existing SHGs & Federations at all levels (village, GP, Taluk & District) by the DSSSs and were in turn presented with the SWOT analysis done by the External Evaluators. Based on the two SWOT analyses the participants in 4 groups summarised the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats in the SHGs and Federations.

Then each of the Coordinators and Animators was instructed to make an assessment of the number of existing SHGs and Federations which are sustainable in their respective field areas. The indicators to assess the sustainability (Human/Personal, social, political, economic and environment levels) were drawn up through a brain storming session.

The major topics dealt in the training are:
Understanding – who/what/where/when/why & how of sustainability
Aspects/levels of sustainability – Structural, social, political, economic and environment
Available Government schemes and benefits for sustainability
Criterions for sustaining SHGs & Federations

Based on the two days input and discussions an action plan was drawn by each DSSS present with clear cut objectives, indicators and activities for effective facilitation of SHGs & Federations Sustainability.

Mr. Suresh, MSSS - Bhadravathi welcomed the participants, Ms. Padma, MSSS - Bhadravathi & Mrs. Savitha, SMSSS - Shivamogga moderated the sessions and Mr. Harishchandra, KDDC - Karwar proposed the vote of thanks.