Vulnerability to Resilience: Fostering a Just Transition for MSMEs in India

Partner: World Resources Institute (WRI) India Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises play a vital role in India’s economy, contributing significantly to employment generation and overall economic growth. However, they often face unique challenges such as limited access to technology, financial … Read More

IAFFE 2023: Technology-driven Approaches to Women’s Economic Empowerment – Successes and Challenges

LEAD at Krea University and IWWAGE participated in the International Association of Feminist Economics’s 31st Annual Conference in Cape Town, South Africa. Sona Mitra from IWWAGE anchored a session on the different forms in which digital technology is enabling women’s economic empowerment in … Read More

Making ‘Hybrid’ Work for Women: Emerging Insights and Opportunities for Moving the Needle

Partners: Zoom Inc, IWWAGE The COVID pandemic has re-defined the nature of work, and brought different working models such as remote and hybrid working arrangements into the spotlight across the globe. In India, where advancing women’s labour force participation in … Read More

SARDI India MSME Tech Policy Fellowship: Emerging Insights and the Way Forward

Partners: USAID, DAI There are over 63 million MSMEs in India, 99% of which are microenterprises. Over 80% of those microenterprises do not employ any workers and nearly 70% of enterprises are not registered with any statutory office, thus being … Read More

Building an Ecosystem for Gender-Responsive and Climate-Resilient MSMEs In India

Partners: World Resources Institute (WRI) India After agriculture, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are the principal sector engaging the female labour force in India. About 20.37% of the total MSME enterprises in India are currently owned and operated by … Read More

In Pursuit of Scale: A Workshop to Identify Key Performance Indicators for Artisan Clusters in India

Partners: National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM) To support the NRLM in framing key performance indicators for artisan clusters through a baseline assessment in Budaun (Uttar Pradesh) and Dhamteri (Chhattisgarh) clusters, STREE organised a workshop for cross-learning from diverse experiences in … Read More

Penn Shakti – Celebrating Women Grampreneurs

Partners:  Bharatiya Yuva Shakti Trust To mark the occasion of International Women’s Day 2023, Sharon Buteau, Executive Director, LEAD at Krea University and Preethi Rao, Associate Director, LEAD at Krea University were part of an event organised by Bharatiya Yuva … Read More

Pathways to Resilient and Sustainable Enterprise Development

Partners: Ambuja Cement Foundation There has been increasing emphasis on developing a more inclusive and sustainable micro-entrepreneurship development ecosystem in India, in recent times. In addition to development finance, philanthropic and CSR funding is being directed to programs and interventions focused … Read More

Scaling Up Women’s Enterprises: Incubating and Empowering – Livelihoods India Summit

Partners: ACCESS Development Services and NITI Aayog Low female labour force participation rates (~22%) in India remain an area of concern. Of the women who work for pay, over three-quarters are self-employed. Women-owned enterprises form only 20% of all micro, small, … Read More

Social Protection: The Role of Female Agents in Last Mile Services and Bridging the Gap – Inclusive Finance India Summit

Partners: ACCESS Development Services There are several agent models operational in the country today, leveraging existing frontline workers, female Self-Help Group members, village entrepreneurs, and CSC operators. The delivery gap, however, remains high due to the lower number of female agents … Read More