Research & Development

Research at RGMVP


Our research aims to contribute to various ideas about our theory of change and our understanding of hierarchy, women empowerment, poverty, and caste inequalities. Throughout the last decade, our extensive research in the field and experience uniting women into SHGs has taught us invaluable lessons about the power of collective action and its impacts on poverty outcomes.


  • Women Empowerment and Women Collectives
  • SHGs and Microfinance
  • Multi-dimensional Poverty
  • Caste and Gender Relations in Rural India
  • Maternal and Child Health: Breastfeeding, Institutional Deliveries, Kangaroo Mother Care etc.
  • Nutrition
  • Young Women
  • Adult Literacy; Especially Women Literacy
  • Newer, Environmentally Sustainable Technologies in Agriculture
  • Women’s Participation in Local Elections; Women’s Leadership Potential
  • Community Development Programmes
  • Early Childhood Development Interventions
  • RGMVP Design and Model: Making it Effective and Efficient

RGMVP welcomes researchers of all ages and from all over the world to collaborate with us and contribute. We also welcome new ideas and avenues for research, which are related to our programme. For any research-related queries: collaborations, conferences or academic events, please contact our Research Lead, Dr. Swati Saxena at


We are in the process of setting up a research centre to further develop our unique theory of addressing multidimensional poverty through the process of disrupting feudal caste lines and reimagining gender relations based on cooperation and solidarity

Our intention is for this centre to aid policy makers, researchers, donors, practitioners and students who seek to learn more about addressing poverty through social change and women empowerment.

For this, we seek the assistance and partnership of leading universities and academicians in the world. With a range of global expertise, we hope to develop our theory in a more comprehensive and multi-dimensional way.