Social Protection Through a Digital Tool Reaches the Milestone of 100,000 Applications

Anoushaka Chandrashekar, Raka De | January 8, 2021

“Living in a tier-2 city in the state of Rajasthan in India, I had to take half a day off from work to apply for an Aadhaar card. I had to travel to the Aadhaar center, which was about 7kms away, stand in line for one hour for my turn to come, only to realize that the machine was not accepting my iris scan. The three officials at the center could not figure out the problem, after struggling for 20

Strategies to Support Women Entrepreneurs: Highlights from #WERISETwitterchat

Diksha Singh | January 8, 2021

A significant majority of enterprises led by women in India operate at a subsistence level, with weak access to formal finance, mentoring and skilling support, and poor market linkages. In the wake of COVID-19, these enterprises have been disproportionately affected by economic uncertainty and instability. These enterprises have also demonstrated their spirit of resilience and ability to innovate, by supporting community-building efforts and adapting to market changes. Despite these noteworthy contributions, women-led enterprises are vulnerable to economic shocks and at

Can The Farm Bills Promote Agricultural Prosperity?

Sabina Yasmin | January 8, 2021

The recently passed “Farm Bills 2020” are a welcome change as the historic ordinances in agriculture aim to reshape how agricultural produce is stored, marketed and sold in the country. The three bills on agricultural market reforms are:  (i) ‘Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill’, 2020  (ii)‘Farmers’ (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill’, 2020 (iii) ‘Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill’, 2020 One India, One Market The bills aim to promote the vision of

How COVID-19 Could Change Social Protection in India

Raka De, Anjani Balu | January 8, 2021

Ever since the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic on 11th March 2020, the ongoing discussions and debates have centred around scrutinizing the effectiveness and adequacy of government emergency responses.  In this blog post, we explore how last-mile delivery systems have adapted to the slew of relief measures introduced, and provide recommendations on how these adaptations and innovations can create a robust and sustainable welfare infrastructure.  Key Recommendations Developing new systems to meet the demands of the

COVID-19 and the Future of Seafood Markets in Chennai

Rahul Muralidharan | January 8, 2021

While it is still early to fully understand the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on small-scale fisheries, rapid insights from the ground are important to shape policy actions and programs. This article is based on interactions with small-scale fisherfolk, co-operative, and union leaders in Chennai. The observations are likely to have broad relevance to small-scale fisheries in other parts of the Indian coastline.  Fish as a lifeline Fish is a lifeline for several coastal communities in India, as a nutritious

MSME Week: Part II – Stories Of Resilience In Adversity

LEAD Research Team | January 8, 2021

From local kirana stores to home-based food businesses, handicraft clusters to small manufacturers, MSMEs are a cornerstone of India’s growth story. MSMEs create employment at scale and are an integral pillar of their local communities. COVID-19 and the resulting lockdown has adversely impacted the sector in India and compounded the challenges faced by microbusinesses, which have been particularly hit hard. For the second part of the series, we take a closer look at the challenges faced by microbusiness owners across

COVID-19: A Turning Point for Fintechs in India?

Anoushaka Chandrashekar, Fabrizio Valenti | January 8, 2021

In the first, and second posts of this series ‘Beyond Health: How the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting financial services in India’, we presented insights from discussions with MFI heads and sector experts on how the current crisis is impacting financial services and the rural economy. In this post, we discuss learnings from discussions with founders of two fintech companies on the challenges faced by the fintech sector, as well as highlight potential opportunities and areas of growth.  What are Fintechs? Generally speaking, fintechs

MSME Week: Stories of Resilience in Adversity

LEAD Research Team | June 27, 2020

From local kirana stores to home-based food businesses, handicraft clusters to small manufacturers, MSMEs are a cornerstone of India’s growth story. MSMEs create employment at scale and are an integral pillar of their local communities. COVID-19 and the resulting lockdown has adversely impacted the sector in India and compounded the challenges faced by microbusinesses, which have been particularly hit hard. As part of MSME Week, we take a closer look at the challenges faced by microbusiness owners across India through

Beyond Health Part II: How the COVID-19 Pandemic is Impacting Financial Services in India

Anoushaka Chandrasekar , Fabrizio Valenti | June 9, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic will undoubtedly send long-lasting shockwaves across all sectors and segments of society. To understand what this means for the Financial Inclusion sector, LEAD is taking a journey – virtual, of course – across India, speaking with experts and industry leaders. By doing so, we will take the pulse of the sector and understand how the crisis will affect  the businesses of financial institutions, and the lives of their clients and members. In the first post of this

Responding To The Challenges Of Manufacturing In A COVID World – A Starting Point

Kanika Joshi, Lavanya Garg | June 4, 2020

This piece presents interesting insights from a design-thinking hackathon organised by Good Business Lab in collaboration with their industry partner Shahi Exports. The hackathon focused on developing practical guidelines to design an anxiety-free workplace experience for workers in the manufacturing sector.

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