Institutions and Society

Postcards from the Village Square

LEAD at Krea University

Our research and field teams occasionally run into curious and amusing situations on their data-collection missions into the hinterland. These experiences also offer insights into people’s lived experiences and the various dimensions of the problems central to our research. Here is an excerpt of ‘field notes’ from our coffee table book – ‘LEAD – the journey, catalysing change, enabling transformative solutions’. It only Takes a Village Imagine you’ve been assigned to track down and interview a person named Napolean Einstein

Delving Into the History of Pulicat, Its Inhabitants and Its Ecosystem

Vighnesh P, Kaavya Kumar, Sathiyan S, Siddarth M

This post on the history and socio-economic context of Pulicat was produced in collaboration with students from Ashoka University to observe World Environment Day. Pulicat or Pazhaverkadu is home to over 56 fishing communities which depend on this endangered ecosystem for their livelihoods. They have been witness to the disproportionate effects of these changes across multiple dimensions. Understanding the history and how it influences livelihoods, power dynamics, gender relations, and access to resources in the region is critical to shaping

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

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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