Raipur: In this month’s story from the field, Research Associate Shruti Sheopurkar shares field notes and insights from a series of focus group discussions with women on the use of ICT and mobile phones. Twenty kilometers outside Raipur city in the village of Munrethi, Kavita, a masonry worker, welcomes us into her home with warm […]
Two years ago, the government of India made a significant move by withdrawing from circulation India’s most frequently used bank notes. The ultimate aim of this move was to create a corruption-free and cashless society. Early evidence indicates that digital payments skyrocketed after the Rs. 500 (about $8) and Rs. 1,000 ($16) notes were withdrawn […]
The building sector accounts for a significant share of energy consumption in India. Thus, policies that encourage energy efficiency in building construction have an important role to play in energy conservation. In this article, authors Sivaramakrishnan Balasubramanian and Gayathri Sivakumar review the policy and institutional framework for promoting energy efficiency in India’s building sector. Sivaramakrishnan […]
What does effective human touch look like in the digital age? Authors Shreya Chatterjee and Misha Sharma share preliminary insights from an ongoing study. This post first appeared on the CFI Blog here. Shreya is a Senior Research Associate, and Misha is a Project Manager with IFMR LEAD.  It was almost three in the afternoon […]
The use of Randomized Control Trials to evaluate development policies has garnered significant attention in the last decade. In this article, authors Mridulya Narasimhan and Advitha Arun take a closer look at the strengths and pitfalls of RCTs, and the potential to integrate these with approaches such as rapid fire testing. Mridulya and Advitha are […]
Kanika Joshi weighs in on the importance of India’s micro, small and medium enterprises sector as an engine of growth and development, and suggests policy interventions that can help scale the sector’s growth further. Kanika is a researcher in the MSME and Entrepreneurship vertical at IFMR LEAD. This post is the first in a series on […]
Technology is disrupting the traditional banking and finance landscape in India, across a spectrum of services – credit, payments, savings and insurance. In this article, Prachi Agarwal profiles some upcoming fintech companies that are finding solutions to a variety of traditional financial roadblocks.   Digital technology is disrupting traditional financial services in India by expanding access and […]
How can emerging economies tap into the benefits of big data for financial inclusion? This article draws on a panel discussion on Big Data, hosted by IFMR LEAD and BRAC at the What Works Global Summit 2016 in London recently. Authors Parul Agarwal, Shreya Chatterjee, and Tanjilut Tasnuba (team leader, BRAC) explore crucial questions related […]