The Future Needs to be
Humanity-driven

Sharon Buteau,

Executive Director, LEAD at Krea University

At the very core of our success at LEAD is the ability to bring together a rich and diverse set of individuals to ask the right questions, and gather the data and stories needed to think through them collectively. From some of the earliest product innovations in microfinance, to unpacking the complexities of climate action, in the last decade and a half, we have seen first-hand the immense potential of testing powerful ideas on the ground, to change the world for the better.

Through this book, we are taking a moment to tell the story of our own journey before charting our next chapters. I cannot be more thrilled to share a glimpse into the many shades and phases of our journey with you, and hope that this compendium will spark many meaningful conversations and collaborations.

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Glimpse from the Past,
Leap to the Future

N. Vaghul,
Chancellor, Krea University

“The completion of 15 years of research by LEAD at Krea University is a landmark
moment to reflect on the milestones of the past and look at the future with a
renewed sense of purpose. The areas that LEAD has specialised in — such as
financial inclusion and the growth of small businesses — are of immense
importance for a country like India, where a significant proportion of the
population lives below the poverty line, lacking access to essential services and a
decent standard of living.”

Weaving
Stories with
Data

While it’s important to track the reach of each initiative, we are equally passionate about telling the stories behind the numbers. Explore this digital interactive that brings our journey to life.


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LEAD: The
Journey so
Far…

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Over its 15-year history,
LEAD has undergone three
distinct phases of evolution

2005 - 2013
2014 - 2018
2019 Onwards
AN IDEA IS BORNA

constellation of visionary leaders – amongthem development economists, researchersand business and finance professionals –team up to establish world-class developmentresearch facilities in India and to nurture anew generation of critical thinkersSeed funding from ICICI Social InitiativeGroup to IFMR

Three research centres incubated

  • Centre for Microfinance
  • Centre for Development Finance
  • Small Enterprise Finance Centre

THE VISION

Promote inclusive development throughevidence-based policies and practices

WHAT IT ACHIEVED
  • Established model that taps globalexpertise to apply to Indian problems
  • Enabled transfer of knowledge andbest practices to create local capacities
  • Created a trajectory for development practitioners and academic pursuits
  • Established policy linkages and strategic partnerships
"Our principal interest
was to understand how
to maximise the impact
we have on society"

Dr Nachiket Mor

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