Author Archives: keerthana.ramaswamy@ifmr.ac.in

Building Collaborative Philanthropy to Strengthen Women’s Entrepreneurship in Urban and Peri-Urban Areas

Sharon Buteau, Preethi Rao, Diksha Singh, Mridulya Narasimhan

Entrepreneurship development is an important pathway for enabling women’s participation in the economy and can be a catalyst for change by providing income-generating opportunities. However, India ranks 57 out of 65 countries in women entrepreneurship. While several challenges faced by entrepreneurs are universal, women entrepreneurs continue to face a host of gender-specific barriers. In recent years, there has been increasing emphasis on advancing women’s entrepreneurship by the government, private sector and nonprofit organisations. In addition, private sector and philanthropic initiatives

Connections: How Social Interactions Shape Growth Stories of Women-led Enterprises

Aishwarya Joshi, Mridulya Narasimhan

India has an estimated 14.9 million women-owned enterprises, which hold the promise of job creation and improved agency for the country’s working-age female population. While positive spillover effects of these women-led businesses have been documented, women own only 20.4% of the micro, small and medium enterprises in India. Understanding the social interactions between women entrepreneurs and their business ecosystem, and how these interactions intersect with their social and economic backgrounds, can shed light on the gender-specific issues in the field

Scorecard for Women Entrepreneurship : Unlocking the Potential of Women – charcha 2022

In India’s journey to creating more than 150 million jobs by 2030, the emphasis on female entrepreneurship cannot be disregarded. Sharon Buteau, Executive Director, LEAD at Krea University, will join other policymakers & leaders to share thoughts on ‘Scorecard for Women Entrepreneurship : Unlocking the Potential of Women as a part of the Entrepreneurial track at charcha 2022. Hosted by Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship (G.A.M.E), the dialogue will discuss many opportunities for women-led businesses to take the lead on

SARDI India MSME Tech Policy Fellowship Program

Background USAID through its South Asia Regional Digital Initiative (SARDI) is launching a one-year fellowship program to conduct policy research at the interface of digitalization and MSMEs in India. The fellowship program seeks to ensure the MSME perspectives and challenges are incorporated in policy development. The focus is on finding ways in which the overall digital adoption and digital transformation can thus be achieved for the MSMEs in India. The fellowship will provide policy recommendations that can be readily taken up for

Digital Solutions for Empowering Women’s Collectives in Chhattisgarh

Tanushree Bhan, Deveshi Chawda, Aditi Priya, Vysakh D. Satheesh, Fabrizio Valenti

LEAD at Krea University, through its gender initiative IWWAGE, has partnered with the State Rural Livelihoods Mission in Chhattisgarh to train female SHG members on a mobile application that provides them with an opportunity for paid work by facilitating welfare enrolments in their communities. This mobile application is developed by the implementation partner, Haqdarshak Empowerment Solutions Private Limited. This report is based on an ongoing evaluation of the model within the state of Chhattisgarh and presents findings from a baseline

Women and Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries – Perspectives from India, Indonesia, and Bangladesh

Studies show that labour force participation rates have been declining in all economies, especially among women, reflecting the impact of the pandemic. The socio-cultural barriers faced by women entrepreneurs are common in every part of the developing world, and are compounded by the burden of unpaid care work on women. Since the pandemic, it is even more essential that women entrepreneurs keep pace with the transformations of the digital age and benefit from the new digital economy. Sharon Buteau, Executive

IAFFE 2022: Measuring Gendered Perceptions, Hiring Biases and Enterprise Level Concerns

LEAD at Krea University along with its research initiative IWWAGE participated at the International Association of Feminist Economics’s 30th Annual Conference in Geneva. Kartikeya Bhatotia, Senior Research Associate, LEAD at Krea University along with Nidhi Gyan Pandey, Research Associate, IWWAGE and Parushya, Research Manager, IWWAGE, shared emerging insights from LEAD’s research on gendered hiring practices among enterprises in India and women’s labour force participation. The International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE) is a non-profit organization that seeks to advance feminist inquiry of economic

Celebrating over 15 Years of LEAD’s Journey: Launch of Coffee Table Book

Former ICICI Bank Limited chairman and the Chancellor of Krea University Narayanan Vaghul and Dr. Ashok Jhunjhunwala, President, IIT Madras Research Park & Incubation Cell launched a coffee table book titled ‘LEAD the Journey – Catalysing Change, Enabling Transformative Solutions’: which chronicles the ideas, collaborations and efforts that have brought our work to life over the past decade and a half. Speaking at the launch, LEAD’s Executive Director Sharon Buteau said that: “Knowledge creation is a powerful tool for positive

Capacity Building: An Important Aspect of Evaluation Eco-System

Partners: Global Evaluation Initiative, Evaluation Community of India Monitoring and evaluation eco-system is constantly evolving in multiple dimensions including innovations in approaches and frameworks; methodologies for conducting evaluations; techniques of data collection and analysis; involvement of stakeholders, evaluation systems and policies and so on. These evolving blocks need varying types of evaluation capacities both vertically and horizontally to make evaluations professionalized and institutionalized. There is evidence, lots of discussion and learning that professional evaluations lead to better use of results.

Barriers and Opportunities For Aspirational Women Entrepreneurs

Neelanjana Gupta, Preethi Rao

Historically, in India, household gender norms and restrictions on women, along with lack of education and mentorship among women, have proven to be significant obstacles to nurturing women entrepreneurs, thereby inhibiting women’s advancement. This study was undertaken by IWWAGE to serve as a needs assessment to help support the design and implementation of skill training programmes for existing and aspirational women entrepreneurs, in partnership with the Delhi Skill and Entrepreneurship University and the Government of NCT of Delhi. The sample