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Formalization of Nano Enterprises through Digital Platforms: Potential and Challenges

Vibhanshu Kumar (SARDI Fellow), Lalitagauri Kulkarni, Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics (Mentor, SARDI Fellowship), Vatsima Tripathi and Santanu Pramanik, LEAD at Krea University

India’s Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), spanning over trade, manufacturing, and service sectors, contribute significantly to both the domestic market and the country’s export landscape. According to the 73rd round (2015-16) of the NSS, India has nearly 63 million … Read More

Rethinking the Digital Shift for Weavers and Handloom Collectives: Opportunities and Challenges in India’s Handloom Sector

Eisha Choudhary (SARDI Fellow), Priya Krishnamoorthy, 200 Million Artisans (Mentor, SARDI Fellowship), Vatsima Tripathi and Santanu Pramanik, LEAD at Krea University

India sits at the cusp of a creativity and culture-led manufacturing revolution. A significant player in this is the nation’s vast and diverse handloom sector, which offers a ready foundation to build the future of sustainable textile value chains. The … Read More

Deciphering Data: How Researchers at LEAD are Using AI for Qualitative Research

Gaurav Kumar Sinha, Aditya Tomar

In the fast-changing world of social impact research, the emergence of Artificial Intelligence (AI) — especially Generative AI — presents exciting new possibilities, especially for enhancing the efficiency of workflows in qualitative research. This technological breakthrough grants researchers access to … Read More

Understanding Risk Factors and Suicidal Behaviour Among Adolescents in the Indian Context Using the Integrated Motivational-Volitional Model

Aishwariya Ramesh (BALM), Akshata Chonkar (BALM), Lakshmi Sankaran (BALM), Sharon Buteau (LEAD at Krea University), Morchan Karthik

Suicide among adolescents is a growing concern in India, both in the urban and rural contexts. The lack of rigorous reporting, not just of suicidal deaths, but also of the various socioeconomic factors that lead to suicides among adolescents, provides … Read More

Unlocking Insights: Risk Factors for Suicidal Behaviour Among Adolescents in the Indian Context

Partners: Banyan Academy of Leadership in Mental Health (BALM) Adolescent suicides pose a significant public health challenge in India, necessitating a concerted effort to understand and address the underlying factors and implement preventive measures. The lack of comprehensive reporting and … Read More

Harnessing the Power of Social Commerce: Perspectives from Women Entrepreneurs

Megha Shree, Harshita Pande

India, one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, is expected to reach middle-income status by 2047. Over the last decade, India has witnessed a momentous increase in the number of women entrepreneurs working in various sectors. However, there is … Read More

Unlocking Digital Horizons for MSMEs in India 

Partners: United States Agency for International Development (USAID), DAI Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) constitute a significant portion of India’s economic landscape. Despite a significant thrust from policy, a large percentage of these enterprises remain unregistered with statutory offices, … Read More

Scaling the Ladder: Exploring the Growth Potential for Women-Led Nano Enterprises

LEAD at Krea University, Ambuja Foundation

In India, women’s empowerment has been a focal point of national growth strategies, policies, and the constitution, aimed at ensuring economic independence, equity, and the development of women. Despite women constituting nearly half of India’s population, roughly only one-third participate … Read More

Clinician Adherence to Hypertension Screening and Care Guidelines

Nikkil Sudharsanan, Vasanthi Subramonia Pillai, Caterina Favaretti, Jithin Jose, Sandra Jose, Margaret McConnell, Mohammed K. Ali

Uncontrolled hypertension is a leading risk factor for mortality globally and affects 26% of adults in India. Underdiagnosis is a primary cause of poor hypertension control as only 37% of Indians with hypertension are diagnosed. To increase diagnosis, Indian guidelines … Read More

Capacity Building on-the-go: Insights from a Digital Learning Initiative for Rural Women Entrepreneurs

Vimisha Gohel, Sijo John

Empowering rural women entrepreneurs through business training is instrumental in imparting crucial skills, including sound financial management, marketing, and strategic planning. Specialised training programs become essential since many women entrepreneurs in rural areas may have limited familiarity with business and … Read More