Small, Growing Businesses and Employment

Barriers and Opportunities For Aspirational Women Entrepreneurs

Neelanjana Gupta, Preethi Rao

Historically, in India, household gender norms and restrictions on women, along with lack of education and mentorship among women, have proven to be significant obstacles to nurturing women entrepreneurs, thereby inhibiting women’s advancement. This study was undertaken by IWWAGE to serve as a needs assessment to help support the design and implementation of skill training programmes for existing and aspirational women entrepreneurs, in partnership with the Delhi Skill and Entrepreneurship University and the Government of NCT of Delhi. The sample

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

Multidimensional Impact of Finance on Microenterprises

Sharon Buteau, Abhishek Gupta, Sanjana Vijay

The micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) sector in India has consistently contributed more than 30% to the country’s GDP over the last decade. The significance of MSMEs in India’s economy also arises from both its scale in the country (over six crore enterprises) and employment generation (more than 11 crore direct jobs). Since lack of optimal access to formal finance has been identified as one of the key binding constraints faced by microenterprises in the literature on enterprise growth,

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

M&E From the Ground Up: Lessons From Monitoring the Swashakt Program

Partners: Global Evaluation Initiative, 3ie How can M&E frameworks for complex development programs be more inclusive and adaptive to ground realities? LEAD at Krea University along with 3ie will co-host a session on key milestones learnt from developing and implementing an M&E framework for the measurement of complex outcomes of the Swashakt program in the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic. This will be part of the gLOCAL Evaluation Week (convened by the Global Evaluation Initiative to learn, exchange and share

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

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

Understanding How Social Interactions Shape Women’s Entrepreneurship

This qualitative study documents gender-specific barriers faced by women entrepreneurs and how their interactions with the ecosystem affect their business decisions and outcomes.

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COVID-19 Enterprise Response Research

This study aimed to understand how women-led rural businesses fared during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and it was conducted across four states in India.

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Measuring What Matters: An Indian Index for Women Entrepreneurship

Partners: Global Alliance For Mass Entrepreneurship (G.A.M.E), India Morchan Karthick, Data Scientist from LEAD was a panelist in a webinar on creating an index for women entrepreneurship suited to the local context, organised by Global Alliance For Mass Entrepreneurship (G.A.M.E India). Speakers included senior policymakers, researchers and industry experts spoke on systematically measuring and tracking women entrepreneurship in India: Moderator: Suresh Gundappa, CEO, G.A.M.E India   Yamini Atmavilas, Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Medha Girota, Director, Communications at