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Landscaping the Sexual and Reproductive Rights of Adolescents

Diya Ahuja, Twinkle Juneja and Sapna Nair

Seeta* is a teenager in rural Uttar Pradesh. Harassment by boys from the village had become an ordinary spectacle that relentlessly continued every day as she traced her steps to school. Despite her fears, a wary Seeta chose to not confide in her parents because she was afraid of being accused of promiscuous behaviour. Her dreams of completing college and securing a decent job also hung in the anvil. Seeta’s hopes were dashed when her parents eventually found out about the

COVID-19 Vaccinations: A Double Whammy for Rural Women in India

Bhavya Shrivastava, Komal Jain, Sabina Yasmin

As the second wave of COVID-19 hit India and countries across the world, severe oxygen shortages, overloaded hospital beds, and acute shortage of critical medicines resulted in a severe public health crisis. The economic and social fallouts of the pandemic have also affected


Making Financial Products and Services Work for Migrants

Nov 2 | Introducing our second panel for The Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI) at Accion’s #FinclusionWeek. Varun Aggarwal,
Rahul Ranjan Sinha &
Rupal Kulkarni along with Fabrizio Valenti will deep-dive into actionable solutions that emerge while improving the financial health of migrants.


Improving Last-Mile Delivery of Financial Services and Welfare Programs

Join us at 4.30 pm IST as we bring together sector experts for The Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI) at Accion’s #FinclusionWeek for an important discussion on last-mile financial services. Features Tanushree Bhan, Ignacio Mas,
Sonja Kelly, Anjini Kochar &
Anand Raman.


The COVID-19 Pandemic and its Impact on Mental Health Services: The Provider Perspective

Sapna Nair, Preethi Kannan, Kaustav Mehta, Ananya Raju, John Mathew, Padmavati Ramachandran

This exploratory study supported by the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development, at the University of Oxford, provides insight into Schizophrenia Research Foundation (SCARF)’s experience in providing mental health services to communities in Tamil Nadu, in the Covid-19 context.


Assessing the Multidimensional Impact of Finance Provided to Microenterprises: Insights from a Workshop Series

LEAD at Krea University

This discussion note summarises insights from a series of workshops across three sessions that were conducted with key experts to better understand aspects of micro-entrepreneurs and business functions. Themes explored centred around measures of entrepreneurial orientation, job creation, and proxy indicators to identify low-income households in urban settings, relevant for the study. These inputs will help the research team refine and finetune the survey design and questionnaire.


Building Back Better for MSMEs in India: Insights from the Field

Diksha Singh, Preethi Rao, Mridulya Narasimhan, Nilanjana Bargotra, Ananya Bhammidimarri, Madhu Sivaraman and Aishwarya Joshi

Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) play a crucial role in supporting and sustaining livelihoods, contributing to vibrant economies worldwide. This infographic provides a…


Menstrual Hygiene Management: Evidence from SHGs in Tamil Nadu

Sujatha Srinivasan, Geetanjali GK

Menstrual hygiene is an essential dimension of the global development framework to eliminate gender inequities in sanitation and hygiene. In the last decade, formative research on social attitudes…


Plugging the MSME Finance Gap in India: Assessment of investment in Vistaar Finance

This study examines the effects of Dutch Entrepreneurial Bank FMO’s investment in NBFC Vistaar Financial Services.


Improving Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness among Youth: Evaluation of the Kissa Kahani Program

This study examines the impact of a community-based multi-media intervention that aims to improve sexual and reproductive health awareness among youth.