Women in India’s Startup Ecosystem Report (WISER) 

This study maps the current state of women’s participation in India’s startup ecosystem and identifies levers that founders and investors can employ to increase their participation.   Background India’s female labour force participation rate is among the lowest in the world … Read More

Hybrid Models and Women’s Work in India: Emerging Insights

This rapid assessment study examines how female working professionals adapted to the hybrid working model during and after the pandemic and explores the perceived benefits and challenges of hybrid work for this segment. Background The COVID-19 pandemic has brought hybrid … Read More

Impact of Community-based Depression Treatment in India

This project aims to identify and examine the effects of pharmacotherapy on depression and possible pathways that may link mental health and economic behaviour. Background Depression is often neglected in current health policy debates on chronic disease care in low-resource … Read More

Mobilising Strategic Philanthropy to Strengthen Women’s Entrepreneurship in Urban and Peri-Urban India

This project maps the challenges for women entrepreneurs in Urban and Peri-Urban India and examines the potential of collaborative philanthropy in mitigating the challenges. Background Entrepreneurship development is an important pathway for enabling women’s participation in the economy and can … Read More

Monitoring of Cluster-based Producer Enterprises

This project will devise key indicators and a periodic monitoring plan to track the performance of the cluster program. Background The NRETP guidelines identify two types of clusters: artisanal and sectoral. The former are largely existing clusters that require revival … Read More

Capacity Building On the Go (Massive Open Online Course Approach)

This project will use alternate pedagogy to build capacity among business development service providers and entrepreneurs. Background Business Development Service Providers (BDSPs) receive intensive training of 105 days as part of their program initiation. They, in turn, support first-generation entrepreneurs … Read More

Feasibility Study: e-Financial Management Solutions for Small Businesses

This project identified and disseminated key approaches that encourage book-keeping practices by micro/nano entrepreneurs. Background Entrepreneurs often have to seek support from others to record business information, which is based on recall rather than real-time documentation of transactions. This leads … Read More

Opportunities and Challenges for a Green Economic Recovery in Odisha

This project aims to create a decentralised action plan for the state of Odisha to facilitate a green economic recovery, through a collaborative process of stakeholder engagement. Background Odisha has been identified as one of the most vulnerable states in … Read More

SARDI India MSME Tech Policy Fellowship Program

Background USAID through its South Asia Regional Digital Initiative (SARDI) has launched a fellowship program in India to conduct policy research at the interface of digitalization and MSMEs in India and facilitate sustainable change in the policy ecosystem. The fellowships … Read More

Exploring the Intersection of Climate Change, Livelihoods, Gender and Well-being in and around Pulicat Lake

This project aims to capture and understand the various phenomena and dimensions namely livelihoods, climate, socio-economic, finance, power and gender interplay at various levels in the Pulicat region. BackgroundLocated between Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu in South India, Pulicat is … Read More