Understanding Barriers & Enablers to Women Entrepreneurship and Opportunity for Collaborative Philanthropy

Sharon Buteau from LEAD participates in AVPN’s South Asia Social Investment Summit 2022 as a part of a closed-door roundtable discussion on catalyzing women entrepreneurship in India.


Building a Solutions Toolbox for Women’s Collectives Enterprises

LEAD joins 3ie to host a curated track on strengthening women’s collective enterprises, moderated by Mridulya Narasimhan from LEAD at Krea University, for Livelihoods India Summit 2021.


Digital Financial Services and Data Protection: Balancing Innovation with Safeguards

LEAD hosts a panel discussion, moderated by Executive Director Sharon Buteau, on digital financial services and data protection, for Inclusive Finance India (IFI) Summit 2021.


Making Financial Products and Services Work for Migrants

Nov 2 | Introducing our second panel for The Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI) at Accion’s #FinclusionWeek. Varun Aggarwal,
Rahul Ranjan Sinha &
Rupal Kulkarni along with Fabrizio Valenti will deep-dive into actionable solutions that emerge while improving the financial health of migrants.


Improving Last-Mile Delivery of Financial Services and Welfare Programs

Join us at 4.30 pm IST as we bring together sector experts for The Center for Financial Inclusion (CFI) at Accion’s #FinclusionWeek for an important discussion on last-mile financial services. Features Tanushree Bhan, Ignacio Mas,
Sonja Kelly, Anjini Kochar &
Anand Raman.


Elevating Gender Equality in COVID-19 Economic Recovery

The socioeconomic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has derailed progress toward gender equality globally. Studies from around the world reveal that women and girls are increasingly more likely to face poverty, economic insecurity, gender-based violence, and barriers to accessing critical health services.

LEAD presents its work at the 5th Dvara Research Conference: Household Finance

Host: Dvara Research The 5th Dvara Research Household Finance Conference held from 7th to 11th June 2021, brought together financial practitioners, academics, researchers and practitioners for insightful discussions and presentations on various themes of household finance. LEAD presented findings from its study that seeks to understand household financial decision-making through a migration lens, on June 7. Focusing on Jharkhand, Bihar, and eastern Uttar Pradesh to New Delhi/NCR migration corridor, the study adopts a mixed-methods design to determine how factors like gender, household composition,

Gendered Economic Impacts and Burden of Unpaid Care Work: Learnings from COVID-19

Partners: CORE Net, IWWAGE, SEWA Bharat COVID-19 has exposed and worsened existing economic gender inequalities and biases against women in the labor market. Although women’s participation and remuneration have always been much lower than men’s, it has further declined due to loss of employment, stress due to the additional burden of household work and child care, and loss of savings to pay for essential commodities. The lockdown further aggravated the situation, causing a shadow pandemic for women with reduced economic

Financing for MSMEs: Panel Discussion Organised by GAME

Executive Director Sharon Buteau was a panellist in a webinar on ‘Financing for MSMEs’, organised by the Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship India (G.A.M.E India). Speakers included: Nat Mallupillai – Director, Michael and Susan Dell Foundation India, LLP; Sanjay Thakur – Senior Banker and SME Evangelist; Ashwin Chandrashekar – Vice President of G.A.M.E India (moderator) The webinar was broadcasted on Facebook Live. The panel discussed strategies for enabling a formal credit line for MSMEs, and the challenges faced by NBFCs