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Barriers and Opportunities For Aspirational Women Entrepreneurs

Neelanjana Gupta, Preethi Rao

Historically, in India, household gender norms and restrictions on women, along with lack of education and mentorship among women, have proven to be significant obstacles to nurturing women entrepreneurs, thereby inhibiting women’s advancement. This study was undertaken by IWWAGE to serve as a needs assessment to help support the design and implementation of skill training programmes for existing and aspirational women entrepreneurs, in partnership with the Delhi Skill and Entrepreneurship University and the Government of NCT of Delhi. The sample

Multidimensional Impact of Finance on Microenterprises

Sharon Buteau, Abhishek Gupta, Sanjana Vijay

The micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) sector in India has consistently contributed more than 30% to the country’s GDP over the last decade. The significance of MSMEs in India’s economy also arises from both its scale in the country (over six crore enterprises) and employment generation (more than 11 crore direct jobs). Since lack of optimal access to formal finance has been identified as one of the key binding constraints faced by microenterprises in the literature on enterprise growth,

RIGHTS: Gender and Social Inclusion Assessment for Persons with Disabilities

This project aims to identify and examine how social and economic barriers impact inclusion, accessibility and opportunities for persons with disabilities in Tamil Nadu. Background An estimated 3.2 million people in Tamil Nadu live with some form of disability. Persons with disabilities face several socio-economic barriers in accessing essential services such as healthcare and education, employment opportunities, transportation, as well as care and rehabilitation services. The World Bank has initiated a project (RIGHTS) to support the state in improving outcomes

Consultation with Stakeholders at National Farmer’s Forum Network

Partners: Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), Farmer’s Farming Network Sabina Yasmin, Research Fellow, LEAD at Krea University, participated in a meeting actioned by SEWA and the Farmer’s Forum Network aimed at bridging the gap between being a producer and becoming an entrepreneur. The focus of the meeting was on business development and surveys on developing rural communication services so that farmers can easily grasp skills required. LEAD specifically presented the findings from a survey with around 4880 women farmers associated

Technical Assistance: Business Management Training

Partners: RBVPL and NRLM As a part of our ongoing technical assistance to the non-farm team at National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM), we conducted training for approximately 450 district and block level staff across 13 states.  This 6-day training in each state included sessions on product pricing, operations management, record keeping and financial management, and customer management. The sessions included business plan preparation, field immersion exercises among other participatory training tools.

Understanding How Social Interactions Shape Women’s Entrepreneurship

This qualitative study documents gender-specific barriers faced by women entrepreneurs and how their interactions with the ecosystem affect their business decisions and outcomes.

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COVID-19 Enterprise Response Research

This study aimed to understand how women-led rural businesses fared during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and it was conducted across four states in India.

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Policy Dialogue on Innovative Solutions for Achieving City-Wide Inclusive Sanitation

Partners: Asian Development Bank, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Japan International Cooperation Agency, Japan Sanitation Consortium, Stanford University Sujatha Srinivasan, Senior Research Fellow, LEAD at Krea University participated and shared insights in an interactive policy dialogue convened by ADBI and Stanford University on city-wide inclusive sanitation (CWIS) policy. She spoke on how monitoring and evaluation can improve accountability, M&E challenges in CWIS contexts and elaborated on existing evidence from evaluations in urban sanitation. The conversation also featured elected government officials,

Measuring What Matters: An Indian Index for Women Entrepreneurship

Partners: Global Alliance For Mass Entrepreneurship (G.A.M.E), India Morchan Karthick, Data Scientist from LEAD was a panelist in a webinar on creating an index for women entrepreneurship suited to the local context, organised by Global Alliance For Mass Entrepreneurship (G.A.M.E India). Speakers included senior policymakers, researchers and industry experts spoke on systematically measuring and tracking women entrepreneurship in India: Moderator: Suresh Gundappa, CEO, G.A.M.E India   Yamini Atmavilas, Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Medha Girota, Director, Communications at

Calling the Shots: Determinants of Financial Decision-making and Behavior in Domestic Migrant Households in India

Vinith Kurian, Shashank Sreedharan and Fabrizio Valenti

Households, like individuals, rely on a variety of financial products and services: they use cash and credit cards to make payments and they make investments to finance future expenses, buy insurance to manage risks to themselves and their assets, and borrow money to finance large expenses or in times of emergency. Migration constitutes one of the most widely used household financial strategies. There is a critical need to understand what factors drive financial decision-making in migrant households and how these