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As sub-project of the regional programme ‘Promotion of Cooperative Self-Help Organisations in Asia’, DGRV together with its non-governmental long-term India partner APMAS – Andhra Pradesh Mahila Abhivruddhi Society has developed a pilot model for the self-regulation of women self-help groups in India to evolve into self-reliant organisations.

About the project

The project started in 2008 in the Kamareddy Cluster in Telangana State with more than 6,000 self-help groups (SHG) and about 75,000 members, all of whom were women. The aim of the cooperation was to enable the members to manage their SHG independently, to design the processes, to establish supporting network structures and thus to lead them successfully and sustainably to the benefit of their members.

Built on the successful pilot of SHG Sector Own Control (SOC), the project aims to up-scale and mainstream sector own control systems in order to contribute to the promotion of Self-Help-Groups and their federations to realize their full potential for engaging in microfinance and sustainable livelihoods. The SOC-model allows for strong governance structures within the Self-Help system and relies on capacity development for its members in order to enable them to manage and steer their own SHG.

Since 2018, APMAS and DGRV started to transfer this approach, which has been tried and tested at SHG-level, to agricultural producer organisations – popularly known as Farmer Producer Organisations (FPO).

As part of the project DGRV and APMS conduct, amongst others, cooperative knowledge trainings, seminars, capacity (building) trainings and business plan trainings.
By promoting cooperative self-help organisations, the project’s objective is to increase the economic and social participation of broad sections of the population and to the improvement of local and regional economic and social structures.

The project aims to strengthen cooperative structures, particularly in agriculture, the small business sector and the financial sector. Cooperative self-help systems develop further (into multi-stage systems) and enable the integration of economically disadvantaged groups and regions into the economic process and thus into society. The project thus contributes to increasing prosperity in selected Indian states, to improving general living conditions and thus to poverty reduction (overall objective).

Social Development Goals

The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and is currently running until end of 2020. With its activities in India DGRV contributes to several Sustainable Development Goals, especially to “No poverty” (SDG 1), “Decent work and Economic Growth” (SDG 8), “Gender Equality” (SDG 5) and “Reduced Inequalities” (SDG 10).


Some activity highlights in 2019 include:

  • Continued strengthening of the first cooperative audit federation for SHGs in Kamareddy District, Telangana State & Mainstreaming sector own control (SOC) in women SHG movement across India.
  • Continued build-up of a model Farmer Producer Organisation using self-regulation
  • Trainings on cooperative principles for selected self-help groups in Myanmar in cooperation with DGRV Myanmar.
  • South-South Cooperation: Conduction international exchange event within the framework of the GIZ Green Innovation Centre in India on FPOs.


APMAS – (Andhra Pradesh) Mahila Abhivruddhi Society is an NGO with which a successful cooperation with the DGRV exists since 2007. In the South Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, APMAS is the leading professional organisation in the areas of capacity building, strengthening and quality assessment of self-help groups and other local community-based organisations (CBOs) as well as in questions of securing livelihoods in rural regions.


DGRV implements its activities and objectives via the long-term project partner APMAS – (Andhra Pradesh) Mahila Abhivruddhi Society. The project is supervised and coordinated in DGRV headquarters in Bonn. The responsible contact person is

Korbinian März

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