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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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’ … Read More

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 … Read More

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, … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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. … Read More