Metrics from the Ground Up Conference 2022

Partner: Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)  How can we improve the metrics that we track? What are the emerging measurement practices? Insights surrounding these key questions will be discussed in the 2022 edition of the conference convened by ANDE. Participants will share knowledge and best practices on impact measurement and management relevant to entrepreneurial support and the greater impact ecosystem. LEAD at Krea University will be presenting a breakout session on ‘Bottom-up impact measurement metrics for small and growing

Opportunities and Challenges for a Green Economic Recovery in Odisha: Dissemination Workshop

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on supply chains, coupled with the impact of climate disasters on natural resource-based livelihoods, has created a dual struggle for many climate-vulnerable locations in the country including Odisha. Following up on its earlier workshop to inform green recovery efforts in the state, LEAD at Krea University organised a dissemination workshop with key stakeholders. Thirteen strategies of green recovery were identified through stakeholder consultation in three districts of Odisha namely Bargarh, Kalahandi and Koraput and

Scorecard for Women Entrepreneurship : Unlocking the Potential of Women – charcha 2022

In India’s journey to creating more than 150 million jobs by 2030, the emphasis on female entrepreneurship cannot be disregarded. Sharon Buteau, Executive Director, LEAD at Krea University, will join other policymakers & leaders to share thoughts on ‘Scorecard for Women Entrepreneurship : Unlocking the Potential of Women as a part of the Entrepreneurial track at charcha 2022. Hosted by Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship (G.A.M.E), the dialogue will discuss many opportunities for women-led businesses to take the lead on

Women and Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries – Perspectives from India, Indonesia, and Bangladesh

Studies show that labour force participation rates have been declining in all economies, especially among women, reflecting the impact of the pandemic. The socio-cultural barriers faced by women entrepreneurs are common in every part of the developing world, and are compounded by the burden of unpaid care work on women. Since the pandemic, it is even more essential that women entrepreneurs keep pace with the transformations of the digital age and benefit from the new digital economy. Sharon Buteau, Executive

IAFFE 2022: Measuring Gendered Perceptions, Hiring Biases and Enterprise Level Concerns

LEAD at Krea University along with its research initiative IWWAGE participated at the International Association of Feminist Economics’s 30th Annual Conference in Geneva. Kartikeya Bhatotia, Senior Research Associate, LEAD at Krea University along with Nidhi Gyan Pandey, Research Associate, IWWAGE and Parushya, Research Manager, IWWAGE, shared emerging insights from LEAD’s research on gendered hiring practices among enterprises in India and women’s labour force participation. The International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE) is a non-profit organization that seeks to advance feminist inquiry of economic

Celebrating over 15 Years of LEAD’s Journey: Launch of Coffee Table Book

Former ICICI Bank Limited chairman and the Chancellor of Krea University Narayanan Vaghul and Dr. Ashok Jhunjhunwala, President, IIT Madras Research Park & Incubation Cell launched a coffee table book titled ‘LEAD the Journey – Catalysing Change, Enabling Transformative Solutions’: which chronicles the ideas, collaborations and efforts that have brought our work to life over the past decade and a half. Speaking at the launch, LEAD’s Executive Director Sharon Buteau said that: “Knowledge creation is a powerful tool for positive

Capacity Building: An Important Aspect of Evaluation Eco-System

Partners: Global Evaluation Initiative, Evaluation Community of India Monitoring and evaluation eco-system is constantly evolving in multiple dimensions including innovations in approaches and frameworks; methodologies for conducting evaluations; techniques of data collection and analysis; involvement of stakeholders, evaluation systems and policies and so on. These evolving blocks need varying types of evaluation capacities both vertically and horizontally to make evaluations professionalized and institutionalized. There is evidence, lots of discussion and learning that professional evaluations lead to better use of results.

M&E From the Ground Up: Lessons From Monitoring the Swashakt Program

Partners: Global Evaluation Initiative, 3ie How can M&E frameworks for complex development programs be more inclusive and adaptive to ground realities? LEAD at Krea University along with 3ie will co-host a session on key milestones learnt from developing and implementing an M&E framework for the measurement of complex outcomes of the Swashakt program in the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic. This will be part of the gLOCAL Evaluation Week (convened by the Global Evaluation Initiative to learn, exchange and share

Opportunities and Challenges for a Green Economic Recovery in Odisha: Exploring the Role of a Collaborative Stakeholder Platform

The COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on economies worldwide have highlighted the importance of bringing a paradigm shift in enabling an economic recovery, beyond conventional models of growth. Against this backdrop, LEAD at Krea University organised a two-day closed-door workshop to inform green recovery efforts in Odisha. The workshop convened key stakeholders and sought inputs for informing state-level strategies, and tried to map private and social returns of transitioning to a ‘green recovery model’. The discussion featured different stakeholders namely:

Consultation with Stakeholders at National Farmer’s Forum Network

Partners: Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), Farmer’s Farming Network Sabina Yasmin, Research Fellow, LEAD at Krea University, participated in a meeting actioned by SEWA and the Farmer’s Forum Network aimed at bridging the gap between being a producer and becoming an entrepreneur. The focus of the meeting was on business development and surveys on developing rural communication services so that farmers can easily grasp skills required. LEAD specifically presented the findings from a survey with around 4880 women farmers associated