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Opportunities and Challenges for a Green Economic Recovery in Odisha

This project aims to create a decentralised action plan for the state of Odisha to facilitate a green economic recovery, through a collaborative process of stakeholder engagement. Background Odisha has been identified as one of the most vulnerable states in … Read More

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

Aishwarya Joshi

This blog presents insights from a research study that seeks to understand how social interactions between women entrepreneurs and their business ecosystem intersect with their social and economic backgrounds, and in turn shape their business decisions and outcomes.  “Women are … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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’: … Read More