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…


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.


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.

Tamil Nadu Socioeconomic Mobility Survey

This panel survey was initiated to understand the long-term pathways that influence socio-economic development.


Valuing Water Quality this World Water Day

Sujatha Srinivasan

The world achieved the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) drinking water target in 2010, well ahead of the 2015 deadline. Even so, a key lesson from the MDG period for the water sector was that access to drinking water is not an effective proxy for the quality or safety of water accessed by households. Globally, waterborne diseases have emerged as a significant public health risk in recent years and are principally linked to contamination of drinking water with fecal matter and

Impact, Feasibility of Investment and the Future of Efficient Cookstoves

This impact assessment seeks to understand the socio-demographic and market factors that determine the success of investment in efficient cookstoves.  


The Landscape of Climate Finance in India: Issues With Access and Utilisation

Rahul Muralidharan, Arjun Malhotra, Soumyajit Bhar, Divyanshi Vohra, Vivek Venkataramani

This note outlines barriers to the access and utilisation of climate finance in India, drawing on desk review and discussions held during a webinar “The Landscape of Climate Finance in India: Issues with Access and Utilisation” organised by LEAD in collaboration with the Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation. The note throws light on potential strategies for financing climate action as well as the role of private-public partnerships in redesigning action plans.

Phone Surveys and Sensitive Behaviour Reporting: Evidence from a Methods Experiment in India

Sujatha Srinivasan, Geetanjali GK, Anup Roy

This report presents insights from a study that examines the efficacy of phone surveys relative to in-person surveys in sensitive behaviour reporting within the Indian context. It also seeks to understand cost variations in phone surveys, relative to in-person surveys. 

Best Practices in Urban Forestry

This is a comparative study of Indian cities to identify existing green cover management practices in urban areas.