Ongoing

Exploring the Intersection of Climate Change, Livelihoods, Gender and Well-being in and around Pulicat Lake

This project aims to capture and understand the various phenomena and dimensions namely livelihoods, climate, socio-economic, finance, power and gender interplay at various levels in the Pulicat region. BackgroundLocated between Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu in South India, Pulicat is the second-largest brackish lake in India. Pulicat’s rich biodiversity and estuarine features support several thousand fishing families that depend on it for their livelihoods. As a low-lying area, the lake and the people inhabiting it are vulnerable to the multidimensional

Opportunities and Challenges for a Green Economic Recovery in Odisha: Exploring the Role of a Collaborative Stakeholder Platform

The COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on economies worldwide has highlighted the importance of bringing a paradigm shift in enabling an economic recovery, beyond conventional models of growth. Against this backdrop, LEAD at Krea University organised a two-day closed door workshop to inform green recovery efforts in Odisha. The workshop convened key stakeholders and sought inputs for informing state-level strategies, and tried to map private and social returns of transitioning to a ‘green recovery model’. The discussion featured different stakeholders

Technical Assistance: Cluster Workshop

Partners: Foundation for MSME Clusters (FMC) and National Rural Livelihoods Mission LEAD in collaboration with FMC and NRLM organised a workshop to strengthen the capacity of officials of MoRD, their Technical Support Agencies (TSAs), Cluster Development Agents in cluster development approach with specific reference to Cluster Development Program under NRETP. The sessions were anchored by Tamal Sarkar, Executive Director of FMC with sessions on promotion of the cluster, developing and intervention plan, marketing strategy implementation, DPR preparation, financial feasibility assessment,

From Resilience to Growth: Supporting Women-Led Rural Microenterprises Through COVID and Beyond

Partners: World Bank and Ministry of Rural Development This three-part series of webinars was convened to share insights from ongoing programs at LEAD, the World Bank and partner organisations, and discuss practical solutions to aid the recovery and growth of rural micro-enterprises under the ‘new normal’ economic scenario. The discussions examined issues faced by rural micro-enterprises, specifically focusing on home-based businesses (HBB) and growth enterprises. Following are the themes for this webinar series: Part 1: Survival mode: Sustaining in the

Innovations for Women’s Empowerment Collectives in Chhattisgarh: Digital Solutions and Institutional Models

LEAD at Krea University, IWWAGE

This infographic offers a snapshot of the different ways in which three innovative digital and assisted approaches being tested by LEAD and IWWAGE in Chhattisgarh (along with the State’s Rural Livelihood Mission Bihan, supported by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), are driving women’s collectives to reach their full potential and attain social and economic empowerment.

Landscaping the Sexual and Reproductive Rights of Adolescents

Diya Ahuja, Twinkle Juneja and Sapna Nair

Seeta* is a teenager in rural Uttar Pradesh. Harassment by boys from the village had become an ordinary spectacle that relentlessly continued every day as she traced her steps to school. Despite her fears, a wary Seeta chose to not confide in her parents because she was afraid of being accused of promiscuous behaviour. Her dreams of completing college and securing a decent job also hung in the anvil. Seeta’s hopes were dashed when her parents eventually found out about the

Assessing the Impact of Credit on Micro and Small Enterprises

This evaluation assesses the impact of Dell Foundation’s investments in financial service providers that are servicing the Micro, Small and Medium enterprise sector in India. Background Micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) have garnered an increased amount of attention lately and are typically referred to as the ‘backbone of the Indian economy’. Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) on average account for approximately 99% of all firms, 70% of jobs, and 50-60% of value-added in the OECD area. Their contribution

Motivating Loan Officers to Improve the Provision of Financial Services to the Poor

This study explores how information on incentives can influence the performance of loan officers of Microfinance Institutions.

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Improving Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness among Youth: Evaluation of the Kissa Kahani Program

This study examines the impact of a community-based multi-media intervention that aims to improve sexual and reproductive health awareness among youth.

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Savings Activation

This study examines how access to a savings card can influence the saving behaviour of customers, and improve their financial health and resilience.

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