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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No Place Like Home? Addressing Rising Domestic Violence During Lockdown

Vishaka Wadhwani, Jagannath R | May 12, 2020

Lockdown measures and stay at home orders as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic have resulted in a sharp increase in domestic violence as victims find themselves trapped at home with their abusers. This blog piece looks into policy interventions that can help mitigate the current situation as well as become part of counter-measures to epidemics in the long run.

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Boosting Financial Capabilities for Electric Vehicle Manufacturing in India

Arjun Malhotra, Soumyajit Bhar, Rahul Muralidharan | April 29, 2020

The second part of the blog series on Climate Finance in India, this piece looks at ways to leverage climate finance to push for more widespread adoption of electric vehicles in India.

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Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 on India’s Agricultural Sector

Sabina Yasmin | April 23, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a halt of economic activity globally, raising concerns regarding the demand and supply shocks to the food and agriculture sectors. Despite assurances from the Central Government of adequate food storage which can last for the next four months, food security remains an area of concern. The matter becomes even more worrisome, given the uncertainty of the impact of the lockdown on the agricultural sector.  In 2019-20, the food and agricultural sector contributed to 16.5

Beyond Health: How the Covid-19 Pandemic is Impacting Financial Services in India

Neema Gupta, Fabrizio Valenti | April 22, 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 their business and the lives of their clients and members. Perspectives from Microfinance We will present findings in a

A Primer to Climate Finance in India

Rahul Muralidharan, Soumyajit Bhar, Arjun Malhotra | April 17, 2020

Introduction With an increasingly warming planet, climate change has been termed as an “emergency” by the United Nations Secretary-General, urging countries around the world to enhance their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC). Under the Paris Agreement, each country is required to declare a set of NDCs to meet their emission reduction targets. NDCs are crucial to meet the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement. In 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) highlighted the fact that an increase of global