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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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