Child Care: Whose Responsibility is it?

Anoushaka Chandrashekar | January 7, 2016

How many of us had our fathers waking us up to get us ready for school, cooking meals for us, attending parent teacher meetings, and being home when we returned from school? – I didn’t. And the majority of the people around me did not. In most parts of the world, childcare responsibility primarily falls on the women, and this is especially true in the case of India. Indian scenario In the recent times, much has been said about women

Inclusive Finance India Summit 2015

LEAD Research Team | December 18, 2015

IFMR LEAD recently collaborated with Access Assist as technical partner for the successful Inclusive Finance India Summit – A global platform for deliberating on issues related to financial inclusion, financial education and financial stability, and for building a Financial Inclusion Vision 2020. With an endeavour to inform and influence the pro-poor policies and to strengthen the enabling environment, the Summit successfully brought together important stakeholders to discuss key issues and challenges, and build a consensus on the way forward. The

COP 21: Passage Across Climate Change Transition – the Need for India to Press for Equity

LEAD Research Team | December 10, 2015

The recent report titled “’The Human Cost of Weather Related Disasters by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction” provided evidence based discussions on 5 major countries (US, China, India, Philippines & Indonesia) affected by Climate Change ought to Anthropogenic activities. Unfortunately, India and China put together accounted for 3 billion citizens who were hard hit by the natural disasters across the past twenty years (1995 – 2015) – A fact to sigh upon !!   Breaking further into

Agriculture, Finance and Technology: What can Africa Learn from India?

Emmanuel Sulle | December 10, 2015

As one of the earliest countries to implement the Green Revolution in agriculture in the early 1960s, India has many lessons to offer to Africa both in terms of its successes and challenges. These lessons can be harnessed through continued research on some of the key drivers of such successes, including access to finance and agricultural technology adoption. This blog post is based on my firsthand experience in Thanjavur District, Tamil Nadu State, South India supported by the Harvard University

Government Inaction Hurts RBI’s Efforts, Dismisses Favorable International Environment

LEAD Research Team | November 30, 2015

These are times when Central Bankers across advanced economies are finding it difficult to avoid polarization of opinion on the merits of their policy paths.  The Reserve Bank of India (RBI)’s Governor though has received an almost unequivocal endorsement from both domestic (with some exceptions) and international stakeholders on the bitter medicine he has prescribed to control India’s inflation problem. Notwithstanding charges that his tough position has dampened economic activity, Dr. Rajan has stuck to the orthodox stance of Central

Interview with Charity Moore on Evidence-based Decision-making in India

LEAD Research Team | November 10, 2015

Charity Troyer Moore is the India Director for Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) at Harvard University. She is leading the project, “Building Capacity to Use Research Evidence (BCURE),” implemented in India by EPoD and IFMR LEAD. We recently took the opportunity to speak to her about her views on evidence-based decision-making. In the Indian context, what, in your opinion, are the key barriers experienced by decision-makers in integrating research into policy decisions? Frequently, decisions have to be made quickly, or

Why Aren’t India’s Women Working- The New York Times Op-ed

Rohini Pandey, Charity Troyer Moore | November 6, 2015

Usually, economic growth in lower-middle-income countries creates more jobs for women. But as India’s economy grew at an average of 7 percent between 2004 and 2011, its female labor force participation fell by seven percentage points, to 24 percent from 31 percent. Despite rapidly increasing educational attainment for girls and declining fertility, the International Labor Organization in 2013 ranked India 11th from the bottom in the world in female labor-force participation. Research shows why this matters: Working, and the control

WASHing Poverty Away with Awareness and Investment

Ankur Gautam | November 2, 2015

A good part of my college days was spent in commuting from my home to college in a train. A lot of passengers, including me, would know that the station is approaching from the stench caused by open defecation by the people in slums living near the railway tracks. As a routine, daily commuters would hold handkerchiefs to their nose and complain. However,  there seemed to be no wider debate or awareness around the issue of sanitation in general. This

2015: The year of Digital and Financial Inclusion in India?

LEAD Research Team | October 30, 2015

2015 is set to be a watershed year for the growth and deepening of banking and financial services in India. The Reserve Bank of India and the Union Government, have accorded policy priority to ‘Financial Inclusion’ through an array of regulatory and policy reforms starting with the Jan Dhan and Jan Suraksha Yojanas, the launch of refinance agency MUDRA, and the entry of differentiated banks into the financial ecosystem. These developments reflect a renewed commitment towards reaching India’s unbanked and

What is Open Data and why is it Important for Development?

LEAD Research Team | September 15, 2015

According to the Open Data Handbook Open data is data that can be freely used, re-used and redistributed by anyone – subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and sharealike. One particular category of Open Data is called Open Government Data (OGD). It refers to “data and information produced or commissioned by government or government controlled entities, which can be freely used, reused and redistributed by anyone”. In 2005, India also enacted the Right of Information (RTI) Act