Can ‘Hybrid’ Models Work for Women in Rural India? Insights from a Field Visit

Kaavyayani Pal | July 6, 2023

‚ÄúI was not allowed outside of my home, so I did not know about any job opportunities.‚ÄĚ Kavita* ‚ÄĒ Orakhan Village, Uttarakhand Kavita* speaks softly as her daughter falls asleep on a bed next to us. It is a sunny winter … Read More

How Far Is the Nearest Hospital? Accurately Estimating Travel Distance and Time in Social Surveys

Nelson Mathews, Shruti Kakade | April 17, 2023

‚ÄúLiving on a remote island in Pulicat, it is difficult for us to take people to a hospital during medical emergencies. Just last month, a village resident suffered a snake bite but passed away while he was being transferring to … Read More

Empowering Nano Entrepreneurs to Transform India’s Economy

Sharvi Dublish, Abhishek Gupta | April 17, 2023

In India, the ingenuity, vision, and limitless potential of nano entrepreneurs represent a tremendous and largely untapped opportunity. According to the¬†baseline report¬†of a longitudinal study on credit access for nano enterprises, conducted by LEAD at Krea University, nano entrepreneurs are … Read More

Does One Nation Really Have One Ration Card?

Sumiran Ardhapure, Komal Jain | February 6, 2023

The COVID-19 pandemic rendered millions of workers unemployed in India; during the first wave, the estimated unemployment rate in India peaked at 24% in April 2020. The pandemic also brought to the forefront the vulnerability of the migrant population in India who bore the maximum brunt. … Read More

Six Learnings from Swashakt Program’s Complexity-aware Monitoring

Morchan Karthick | November 11, 2022

Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation (MLE) approaches for development interventions have been constantly evolving over time. It started as a country-level focus in the 1960s and expanded to individual program-level MLE approaches, methods and standards in the 1990s and newer and … Read More

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

Aishwarya Joshi | September 28, 2022

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

Postcards from the Village Square

LEAD at Krea University | July 30, 2022

Our research and field teams occasionally run into curious and amusing situations on their data-collection missions into the hinterland. These experiences also offer insights into people‚Äôs lived experiences and the various dimensions of the problems central to our research. Here … Read More

Delving Into the History of Pulicat, Its Inhabitants and Its Ecosystem

Vighnesh P, Kaavya Kumar, Sathiyan S, Siddarth M | June 16, 2022

This post on the history and socio-economic context of Pulicat was produced in collaboration with students from Ashoka University to observe World Environment Day. Pulicat or Pazhaverkadu is home to over 56 fishing communities which depend on this endangered ecosystem … Read More

Postcards from the Field

Keerthana Ramaswamy, Diksha Singh | June 13, 2022

In this new series, we bring forth anecdotes and lessons from our field interactions in Bhagalpur, Bihar and Tondiarpet, Tamil Nadu.

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Moving the Clean Cookstoves Sector Forward: Six Principles for Investors

Fabrizio Valenti, Mitzi Perez Padilla | February 23, 2022

Around¬†3 billion people¬†across the world rely on solid fuels for their daily cooking needs. The adverse effects of traditional cooking methods on health, socio-economic and environmental conditions, especially among women, are well documented. Clean cookstoves promise a solution to these … Read More