Publications

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.

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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.

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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…

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Menstrual Hygiene Management: Evidence from SHGs in Tamil Nadu

Sujatha Srinivasan, Geetanjali GK | September 21, 2021

Menstrual hygiene is an essential dimension of the global development framework to eliminate gender inequities in sanitation and hygiene. In the last decade, formative research on social attitudes…

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Early Insights from a Digital Intervention for Women’s Collectives

LEAD at Krea University | August 9, 2021

Government entitlements are often the primary source of social protection for poor households. In Chhattisgarh, IWWAGE – an initiative of LEAD at Krea University – and Haqdarshak Empowerment Solutions Private Limited (HESPL), in collaboration with the State Rural Livelihoods Mission (SRLM) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), are testing a tech-enabled agent-based model to promote awareness and uptake of government entitlements among SHG members and their communities. Since the project’s inception in August 2019, over 5,000 self-help group

Emerging Insights from Digital Solutions in Financial Inclusion

Sharon Buteau, Preethi Rao, Fabrizio Valenti | August 5, 2021

In a rapidly digitizing country, Digital Financial Services (DFS) and fintech companies hold the promise of bringing financial inclusion to the last mile. Ensuring that vulnerable and marginalized groups have access to digital finance, can substantially reduce the time spent on getting cash as well as the risks associated with holding it, and it can facilitate their inclusion in formal financial services, unlocking access to a number of financial products including credit, savings, insurance, and pension. However, several challenges need to

Recovery Roadmap for Micro and Small Enterprises in Telangana

Aishwarya Joshi | July 28, 2021

In the past year, India has been weathering unprecedented health, social and economic adversities caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Disrupted supply chains, poor access to finance and markets, and consumers’ limited propensity to spend have revealed the fault lines in India’s 6.3 million-strong enterprise ecosystem. Despite various government relief efforts to provide collateral free-loans, refinancing packages and working capital support, businesses that operate on low margins continue to suffer due to social distancing restrictions, labour shortages, inadequate demand and rising

Tax Reforms to Increase the Viability of Business Correspondents

Fabrizio Valenti | July 19, 2021

Business correspondents (BCs) play an essential role in advancing financial inclusion and bringing financial services and products to unbanked and underbanked populations. RBI clearly recognizes and supports their role as stated in its financial inclusion strategy for 2020-2024 as well as numerous policies that have been passed with the intent to strengthen, expand, and support the BC model. This policy note, however, argues that two key taxation issues are hindering the sustainability and attractiveness of the BC model – the application

Conducting a Systematic Review: Methodology and Steps

LEAD at Krea University | July 15, 2021

Systematic reviews have gained momentum as a key method of evidence synthesis in global development research in recent times. As defined in the Cochrane Handbook on Systematic reviews “Systematic reviews seek to collate evidence that fits pre-specified eligibility criteria in order to answer a specific research question. They aim to minimize bias by using explicit, systematic methods documented in advance with a protocol.” This document provides guidelines and recommendations for conducting mixed- method systematic reviews for evidence synthesis for “gender

Gender in Agriculture and Food Systems: An Evidence Gap Map

LEAD at Krea University | July 15, 2021

The 2007-2008 global food-price crisis disproportionately affected women, particularly smallholder women farmers. The subsequent responses by governments, multilateral agencies and other institutions over the last decade do not seem to have had the intended effect of addressing underlying power imbalances in agriculture and food systems. Closing the knowledge gaps in gender and agriculture and food systems is a crucial step towards creating equitable food systems. This report presents a broader landscape of evidence across eleven identified themes in gender in