Critical issues in implementing solidarity group programmes
The concept of solidarity groups emerged in the 1970s as a possible development strategy in helping NGOs channel small loans, training and other services to the poor. The following article describes four well-known examples, and draws out a linear model of group development. Only when the group has been formed, has allowed conflict to emerge and has resolved it by internal argument, can a sense of group cohesiveness and empowerment emerge. The article then describes the critical issues in implementing solidarity group programmes.