Publications

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.

Impact of Covid on Microbusinesses: A Gender Perspective

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 the impact of the crisis on women enterprises. 

Understanding the Market Landscape and Enterprise Readiness for Women-led Home-based Businesses in Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan

This report explores the market landscape and enterprise readiness of home-based handicrafts and handloom businesses led by women in rural India. The first part of a two-part study, it was undertaken by LEAD at Krea University, through its Initiative for What Works to Advance Women and Girls in the Economy (IWWAGE).

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Empowering Women Collectives Through Digital Initiatives in Chhattisgarh: The Current Landscape

LEAD at Krea University | March 13, 2020

Since 2019, the Initiative of What Works to Advance Women and Girls in the Economy (IWWAGE), an initiative of LEAD at Krea University, has been working with the Government of Chhattisgarh and other partners to map the current digitisation initiatives for women’s empowerment in the state, understand their effectiveness, and identify potential opportunities for improvement. This document captures IWWAGE’s efforts in understanding these digitisation initiatives, identifying gaps and barriers, and proposing potential use cases.

Accelerating Women’s Access to Entitlements through Digital Solutions

LEAD at Krea University | March 12, 2020

The Initiative for What Works to Advance Women and Girls in the Economy (IWWAGE) is working with the Chhattisgarh Rural Livelihoods Mission and Haqdarshak Empowerment Solutions to train 5,000 self-help group members to become Haqdarshikas. This brief captures provides a snapshot of the project and the ongoing evaluation by LEAD.

Digital Solutions to Unlock the Potential of SHGs and Their Federations

LEAD at Krea University | March 11, 2020

This infographic captures pathways of impact for a project with the Chhattisgarh’s State Rural Livelihoods Mission (Bihan) and key stakeholders in the ecosystem which seeks to better understand and test how digital solutions can enable SHGs to promote women’s social and economic empowerment.

Women-led Digital Financial Inclusion and Entrepreneurship

Kanika Joshi, Shruti Sheopurkar | March 10, 2020

This learning note explores the role of digital and financial inclusion in the economic empowerment of women and female entrepreneurship.

Business Readiness Scorecard for Women

Rigzom Wangchuk, Ria Dutta, M P Karthick, Kanika Joshi | March 9, 2020

The Business Readiness Scorecard for Women-Handloom and Handicrafts Sector (WBRS-HHS) is a data-driven diagnostic tool, which attempts to identify key constraints and high-performance areas for home-based enterprises in the handloom and handicrafts sectors of India. The WBRS tool was developed as a result of data collected from 800 home-based women entrepreneurs in four districts each, in Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu. It assesses the readiness of women entrepreneurs on their ability and preparedness to sustain and scale their current business portfolio

Access to Affordable Daycare and Women’s Economic Opportunities: Evidence from a Cluster-Randomised Intervention in India

Parul Agarwal, Anoushaka Chandrashekar, Sam Harper | March 8, 2020

In this paper, the authors used data from a cluster-randomized trial in rural Rajasthan, India to evaluate the impact of providing access to a community-based daycare program on women’s economic outcomes two years later. The sample included 2858 mothers with age-eligible children. Providing access to daycare led 43% of households to utilize them. The intervention reduced time on childcare by 16 minutes/day and increased the probabilities that women were paid in cash and spent time during the prior day on