Publications

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

Small Size, Big Impact: Employment Dynamics in Microenterprises during Covid-19

Sharon Buteau | May 25, 2021

The COVID-19 outbreak has had severe repercussions across the economy, particularly on micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and their workforce. There is a dearth of literature on the impact of acute crises on microenterprises, and this lack of information is compounded in times of uncertainty. This background paper for the Centre for Sustainable Employment’s State of Working India Report 2021 discusses the impact of the government-mandated lockdown on employment trends in the microenterprise sector in India. The data used

Women’s Entrepreneurship in India: Harnessing the Gender Dividend

Mridulya Narasimhan, Sanjana Vijay | April 28, 2021

This brief highlights the key challenges in promoting women entrepreneurship in India, including social norms and biases, lack of education, unequal opportunities for affordable financing, and limited networking opportunities. It also outlines recommendations to address these social, economic and technological constraints.

Women Entrepreneurs as the Powerhouse of Recovery

LEAD at Krea University | April 19, 2021

This report brings forth evidence on the impact of COVID-19 on women enterprises in India, and delves into the various factors that inhibit their growth in the current context. It also highlights strategies for promoting women entrepreneurship through an ecosystem approach.

Building Synergies to Achieve Holistic Digital Inclusion in India

Sharon Buteau, Preethi Rao, Diksha Singh | April 14, 2021

LEAD has contributed a chapter in Volume 7 of A Better World – a magazine published by the Human Development Forum. Drawing on insights from a portfolio of research in the digital and financial inclusion space, the chapter outlines strategies for building synergies between stakeholders to address the digital divide. This volume of the magazine focuses on Sustainable Development goal (SDG) 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development.

Increasing Awareness about Arsenic Contamination

Geetanjali GK, Sujatha Srinivasan | April 14, 2021

This brief presents preliminary findings from an experimental study that attempts to understand how increasing awareness about water quality influences household behaviour relating to water treatment and use, and leads to positive health externalities.

The Landscape of Climate Finance in India: Issues With Access and Utilisation

Rahul Muralidharan, Arjun Malhotra, Soumyajit Bhar, Divyanshi Vohra, Vivek Venkataramani | March 30, 2021

This note outlines barriers to the access and utilisation of climate finance in India, drawing on desk review and discussions held during a webinar “The Landscape of Climate Finance in India: Issues with Access and Utilisation” organised by LEAD in collaboration with the Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation. The note throws light on potential strategies for financing climate action as well as the role of private-public partnerships in redesigning action plans.

Phone Surveys and Sensitive Behaviour Reporting: Evidence from a Methods Experiment in India

Sujatha Srinivasan, Geetanjali GK, Anup Roy | November 19, 2020

This report presents insights from a study that examines the efficacy of phone surveys relative to in-person surveys in sensitive behaviour reporting within the Indian context. It also seeks to understand cost variations in phone surveys, relative to in-person surveys. 

Father Involvement in Early Childhood Care: Insights From an Intervention Among Parents in Rural India

Sapna Nair, Shivani Chandramohan, Nandhini Sundaravathanam, Arvind Balaji Rajasekaran, Rathish Sekhar | November 19, 2020

This paper discusses insights from the design and implementation of a study that tested the impact of techno-social innovations in improving the involvement of fathers in child-care on child development outcomes.

Microbusiness Employment Trends: A Case During Crisis

Kanika Joshi | November 19, 2020

LEAD at Krea University in partnership with the Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship is conducting a national level COVID-19 impact study that aims to capture the status of micro-enterprises in India during the current crisis. This case study captures key trends in employment observed during the first round of the survey.