Community groups (self-help groups, farmer groups, saving groups, etc.) are some of the most important platforms for local economic development (LED). Focusing on LED strategies is key to ensuring longer-term local economic recovery and resilience. Such approaches entail investing in entrepreneurship of community/women groups, linking community institutions to value chains, investing in productive infrastructure, supporting financial institutions, and developing public-private partnerships. This session explores how community/women groups are coping up with COVID-19 and discusses strategies to support women's groups and collectives for the transition to economic institutions and longer-term local economic recovery.