Institutions and Society

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.

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

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,

Menstrual Hygiene Management: Evidence from SHGs in Tamil Nadu

Sujatha Srinivasan, Geetanjali GK

Menstrual hygiene is an essential dimension of the global development framework to eliminate gender inequities in sanitation and hygiene. In the last decade, formative research on social attitudes…

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Impact Assessment of Infosys Foundation’s Grants

As part of this project, the Infosys Foundation engaged LEAD to undertake impact assessments of its grantee portfolio.

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Building Synergies to Achieve Holistic Digital Inclusion in India

Sharon Buteau, Preethi Rao, Diksha Singh

LEAD has contributed a chapter in Volume 7 of A Better World – a magazine published by the Human Development Forum. Drawing on insights from a portfolio of research in the digital and financial inclusion space, the chapter outlines strategies for building synergies between stakeholders to address the digital divide. This volume of the magazine focuses on Sustainable Development goal (SDG) 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development.

Increasing Awareness about Arsenic Contamination

Geetanjali GK, Sujatha Srinivasan

This brief presents preliminary findings from an experimental study that attempts to understand how increasing awareness about water quality influences household behaviour relating to water treatment and use, and leads to positive health externalities.