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Making the Invisible Visible – Addressing Financial Exclusion in India

India’s financial inclusion journey has seen monumental gains over the last decade. Propelled by government initiatives such as the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, 80% of adults have a bank account and the gender gap is also gradually closing. Despite … Read More

Democratisation of Financial Health – Learnings from Emerging and Developed Nations

Globally, considerable progress has been in bridging gaps in access to financial services for the underserved. Notwithstanding these strides, there is growing recognition that for inclusion to deliver on its mandate, it is imperative to enable enhanced financial literacy, capability, … Read More

Unlocking the Power of Digital for Women-led Enterprises

Partners: Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM), Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) The Government of India’s Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM) has been working towards alleviating poverty in rural India by developing strong … Read More

Consultation on Economic Empowerment of Women Through Producer Collectives

Partner: Tamil Nadu State Rural Livelihoods Mission, Ministry of Rural Development Formation of producer collectives is an important pillar for promoting women’s economic empowerment, through farm, off farm and non-farm business activities. Sharon Buteau, Executive Director, LEAD at Krea University, shared … Read More

Advancing Women’s Entrepreneurship through Sustainable Models

Partners: ACCESS Development Services and DAY-NULM How can we advance women’s entrepreneurship through sustainable models? Sharon Buteau, Executive Director, LEAD at Krea University, shared her insights in a panel co-hosted by ACCESS Development Services and DAY-NULM. Focusing on the market challenges faced by women-led … Read More

Measuring Financial Health of Informal Workers: Why it Matters

Sabina Yasmin, Panchali Banerjee

The global pandemic would be the most recent and appropriate example to substantiate the need for measuring the financial health of informal workers. COVID-19 induced severe downscaling of economic activities, due to which the LMICs have suffered strong financial consequences. … Read More

From Access to Use: Insights on Serving Women Banking Customers in India

Sabina Yasmin, Sonja Kelly, Flavy Sen Sharma

India leads the world in the expansion of financial access to low-income people, especially low-income women. As the access challenge is nearly solved, the opportunity financial services providers now face is engaging their customers.  Public Sector Banks (PSBs) are uniquely … Read More

Women in India’s Startup Ecosystem Report (WISER)

ACT Grants, Udaiti Foundation, McKinsey & Company, LEAD at Krea University

India’s startup ecosystem has been pivotal in unleashing economic growth and catalyzing entrepreneurial innovation. As a leading and high growth employer, the industry attracts a large and diverse pool of talent, positioning it uniquely to lead the way toward gender … Read More

ACT Grants and Swasth Alliance: Response to Covid-19 in India

This evaluation assessed the oxygenation initiatives anchored by a non-profit venture philanthropy platform (ACT Grants) aimed at enabling a more effective and affordable healthcare system in India in the long term. Background Given the magnitude of COVID-19’s adverse health and … Read More

WomenLift Health Stakeholder Analysis: India

LEAD at Krea University, WomenLift Health

Women in health leadership and decision-making positions are key to ensuring that diverse perspectives and ideas influence policies and goals, resulting in a better and more equitable foundation for the health systems that serve us all. The benefits of female … Read More