Did a three-year initiative with women's savings groups achieve its aim of increasing resilience?
Building the Resilience of Vulnerable Communities in Burkina Faso (BRB—Building Resilience in Burkina Faso) is a three-year initiative that takes a multisector approach to improving household resilience and food security. BRB uses community-based women’s savings groups (SGs) as a platform for providing a multi-sectoral integrated package of agricultural, nutrition, financial services, and women’s empowerment programming to help thousands of SG members overcome many of the geographic, cultural, social, and economic constraints that hamper their resilience in the face of shocks and disasters.
This report covers the results from an impact study that was designed to assess whether the project had achieved its overall purpose of increasing the resilience of vulnerable communities in disaster-affected areas of Burkina Faso. The study consisted of a pre- and post-test design (baseline and end line) with intervention groups in the program area and comparison groups in a non-program area (savings groups that did not receive additional services).