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Insights from a Survey of Common Service Centres (CSCs) in Chhattisgarh

Sampurna Basu, Abinaya Rengarajan

Established under the Government of India’s Digital India programme, Common Service Centres (CSCs) are local access points for the delivery of essential public utility services, social welfare schemes, and other B2C services to citizens in rural and remote areas of … Read More

Understanding How Social Interactions Shape Women’s Entrepreneurship

This qualitative study documents gender-specific barriers faced by women entrepreneurs and how their interactions with the ecosystem affect their business decisions and outcomes. … Read More

COVID-19 Enterprise Response Research

This study aimed to understand how women-led rural businesses fared during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and it was conducted across four states in India.
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Navigating the Research-Policy Interface during Crises Situations: What We Have Learned

Diksha Singh

As the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic gripped India and the world in early March 2021, discussions about vaccination inequities, and reopening schools and public spaces caught our attention once again.  Social media, particularly the Twitterverse, was inundated with … Read More

Recovery Roadmap for Micro and Small Enterprises in Telangana

Aishwarya Joshi

In the past year, India has been weathering unprecedented health, social and economic adversities caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Disrupted supply chains, poor access to finance and markets, and consumers’ limited propensity to spend have revealed the fault lines in … Read More

Tax Reforms to Increase the Viability of Business Correspondents

Fabrizio Valenti

Business correspondents (BCs) play an essential role in advancing financial inclusion and bringing financial services and products to unbanked and underbanked populations. RBI clearly recognizes and supports their role as stated in its financial inclusion strategy for 2020-2024 as well … Read More

Conducting a Systematic Review: Methodology and Steps

LEAD at Krea University

Systematic reviews have gained momentum as a key method of evidence synthesis in global development research in recent times. As defined in the Cochrane Handbook on Systematic reviews “Systematic reviews seek to collate evidence that fits pre-specified eligibility criteria in … Read More

Gender in Agriculture and Food Systems: An Evidence Gap Map

LEAD at Krea University

The 2007-2008 global food-price crisis disproportionately affected women, particularly smallholder women farmers. The subsequent responses by governments, multilateral agencies and other institutions over the last decade do not seem to have had the intended effect of addressing underlying power imbalances … Read More

Elevating Gender Equality in COVID-19 Economic Recovery

The socioeconomic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has derailed progress toward gender equality globally. Studies from around the world reveal that women and girls are increasingly more likely to face poverty, economic insecurity, gender-based violence, and barriers to accessing critical … Read More

Point of View: LEAD in Conversation with Samik Sundar Das

LEAD at Krea Universiry

Introducing our new feature series ‘Point of View’, where we speak with experts from different sectors to unpack some of the complex development challenges that they are working on and learn from their experiences. LEAD has been working in the … Read More