Calling the Shots: Determinants of Financial Decision-making and Behavior in Domestic Migrant Households in India

Vinith Kurian, Shashank Sreedharan and Fabrizio Valenti | April 6, 2022

Households, like individuals, rely on a variety of financial products and services: they use cash and credit cards to make payments and they make investments to finance future expenses, buy insurance to manage risks to themselves and their assets, and borrow money to finance large expenses or in times of emergency. Migration constitutes one of the most widely used household financial strategies. There is a critical need to understand what factors drive financial decision-making in migrant households and how these

Scoping Meso-Level Insurance in Agriculture in India

Sabina Yasmin, Vinith Kurian | March 13, 2022

Farmers in India suffer high variability in yields, as a result of uncertainty due to numerous natural and manmade factors. In this context, insurance appears to be a particularly effective means to reduce losses to individuals and communities. It also enables farmers to obtain credit and financing for investment in new technologies and better inputs to enhance/sustain their productive capacity. Published with the support of CIIE.CO under the Bharat Inclusion Initiative, this study conducted explores the potential of meso-level insurance,

Innovations for Women’s Empowerment Collectives in Chhattisgarh: Digital Solutions and Institutional Models

LEAD at Krea University, IWWAGE | December 15, 2021

This infographic offers a snapshot of the different ways in which three innovative digital and assisted approaches being tested by LEAD and IWWAGE in Chhattisgarh (along with the State’s Rural Livelihood Mission Bihan, supported by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), are driving women’s collectives to reach their full potential and attain social and economic empowerment.

Roadmap for Digital Technology to Foster India’s MSME Ecosystem—Opportunities and Challenges

Sharon Buteau | December 13, 2021

Digital technology can significantly enable India’s MSME segment, provided the emerging infrastructure has joint buy-in from the government, solution providers and importantly users. The digital landscape catering to micro and small entrepreneurs has drastically changed in recent years. The challenges reside in addressing a complex and heterogeneous MSME segment, dominated by micro-enterprises at different stages, and different levels of digital readiness. This article highlights a combination of policy interventions by the government and innovative practices by private players that can

Country Case Studies—Adoption of Clean Cooking Solutions

LEAD at Krea University | December 13, 2021

Governments play a key role in fostering an enabling environment for the growth of the cookstove industry. This infographic commissioned by FMO and conducted by LEAD at Krea University, highlights adoption rates of clean cooking solutions, their policy environment and market landscapes across six Low and Middle-income countries.

Impact and Determinants of Clean Cookstoves Businesses

LEAD at Krea University | December 13, 2021

This infographic commissioned by FMO and conducted by LEAD at Krea University summarises findings from the report of literature on clean cooking solutions, captures the pathways to change and the diverse impacts of adopting efficient cookstoves on health, economic, and environmental outcomes across specific geographies.

Clean Cookstoves: Impact and Determinants of Adoption and Market Success

LEAD at Krea University | December 13, 2021

Three billion people across the world rely on solid fuels for their daily cooking needs. The negative effects of traditional cooking methods on health, environmental, and socio-economic conditions, especially of women, have been well-documented, and clean cookstoves provide a promising solution to these issues. This report commissioned by FMO and conducted by LEAD at Krea University, furnishes a comprehensive review of the evidence on the impact of cookstoves on health, environmental, and economic outcomes and presents insights on the sociodemographic

The COVID-19 Pandemic and its Impact on Mental Health Services: The Provider Perspective

Sapna Nair, Preethi Kannan, Kaustav Mehta, Ananya Raju, John Mathew, Padmavati Ramachandran | October 12, 2021

This exploratory study supported by the Oxford India Centre for Sustainable Development, at the University of Oxford, provides insight into Schizophrenia Research Foundation (SCARF)’s experience in providing mental health services to communities in Tamil Nadu, in the Covid-19 context.


Assessing the Multidimensional Impact of Finance Provided to Microenterprises: Insights from a Workshop Series

LEAD at Krea University | October 12, 2021

This discussion note summarises insights from a series of workshops across three sessions that were conducted with key experts to better understand aspects of micro-entrepreneurs and business functions. Themes explored centred around measures of entrepreneurial orientation, job creation, and proxy indicators to identify low-income households in urban settings, relevant for the study. These inputs will help the research team refine and finetune the survey design and questionnaire.


Building Back Better for MSMEs in India: Insights from the Field

Diksha Singh, Preethi Rao, Mridulya Narasimhan, Nilanjana Bargotra, Ananya Bhammidimarri, Madhu Sivaraman and Aishwarya Joshi | September 21, 2021

Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) play a crucial role in supporting and sustaining livelihoods, contributing to vibrant economies worldwide. This infographic provides a…