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…


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…


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