Small, Growing Businesses and Employment

Road to Recovery: Examining the Impact of COVID-19 on Microbusinesses in India

LEAD at Krea University and Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship (GAME)

Micro enterprises form an integral part of the fabric of livelihoods in urban areas of India, particularly in Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities where income-generating activities are scarce for most low-income households. Hence, unexpected and long-drawn crises such as COVID-19 can have debilitating effects on this segment, as they were forced to suspend their work for an undetermined period. This has wider ramifications for the country’s growth and development, given the impact on employment and poverty. Emerging evidence from across the

Six Learnings from Swashakt Program’s Complexity-aware Monitoring

Morchan Karthick

Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation (MLE) approaches for development interventions have been constantly evolving over time. It started as a country-level focus in the 1960s and expanded to individual program-level MLE approaches, methods and standards in the 1990s and newer and innovative approaches have been developed since then. Meanwhile, program design has evolved from being focused on a single intervention with a linear causal path to programs with multiple interventions, multiple implementing partners and multiple levels of implementation. For assessing these

Metrics from the Ground Up Conference 2022

Partner: Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE)  How can we improve the metrics that we track? What are the emerging measurement practices? Insights surrounding these key questions will be discussed in the 2022 edition of the conference convened by ANDE. Participants will share knowledge and best practices on impact measurement and management relevant to entrepreneurial support and the greater impact ecosystem. LEAD at Krea University will be presenting a breakout session on ‘Bottom-up impact measurement metrics for small and growing

Opportunities and Challenges for a Green Economic Recovery in Odisha: Dissemination Workshop

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on supply chains, coupled with the impact of climate disasters on natural resource-based livelihoods, has created a dual struggle for many climate-vulnerable locations in the country including Odisha. Following up on its earlier workshop to inform green recovery efforts in the state, LEAD at Krea University organised a dissemination workshop with key stakeholders. Thirteen strategies of green recovery were identified through stakeholder consultation in three districts of Odisha namely Bargarh, Kalahandi and Koraput and

Opportunities and Challenges for a Green Economic Recovery in Odisha

This project aims to create a decentralised action plan for the state of Odisha to facilitate a green economic recovery, through a collaborative process of stakeholder engagement. Background Odisha has been identified as one of the most vulnerable states in the country; it has witnessed a threefold increase in climate disasters like floods and a fourfold increase in droughts in the last decade. The state is highly dependent on natural resource-based sectors for over 80 per cent of its livelihood,

Connections: How Social Interactions Shape Growth Stories of Women-led Enterprises

Aishwarya Joshi

This blog presents insights from a research study that seeks to understand how social interactions between women entrepreneurs and their business ecosystem intersect with their social and economic backgrounds, and in turn shape their business decisions and outcomes.  “Women are a part of all kinds of industries; in fact, women can work better than men: women in my village wake up early in the morning, cook, work in the paddy fields till evening and then come back home and cook

Building Collaborative Philanthropy to Strengthen Women’s Entrepreneurship in Urban and Peri-Urban Areas

Sharon Buteau, Preethi Rao, Diksha Singh, Mridulya Narasimhan

Entrepreneurship development is an important pathway for enabling women’s participation in the economy and can be a catalyst for change by providing income-generating opportunities. However, India ranks 57 out of 65 countries in women entrepreneurship. While several challenges faced by entrepreneurs are universal, women entrepreneurs continue to face a host of gender-specific barriers. In recent years, there has been increasing emphasis on advancing women’s entrepreneurship by the government, private sector and nonprofit organisations. In addition, private sector and philanthropic initiatives

Connections: How Social Interactions Shape Growth Stories of Women-led Enterprises

Aishwarya Joshi, Mridulya Narasimhan

India has an estimated 14.9 million women-owned enterprises, which hold the promise of job creation and improved agency for the country’s working-age female population. While positive spillover effects of these women-led businesses have been documented, women own only 20.4% of the micro, small and medium enterprises in India. Understanding the social interactions between women entrepreneurs and their business ecosystem, and how these interactions intersect with their social and economic backgrounds, can shed light on the gender-specific issues in the field

Scorecard for Women Entrepreneurship : Unlocking the Potential of Women – charcha 2022

In India’s journey to creating more than 150 million jobs by 2030, the emphasis on female entrepreneurship cannot be disregarded. Sharon Buteau, Executive Director, LEAD at Krea University, will join other policymakers & leaders to share thoughts on ‘Scorecard for Women Entrepreneurship : Unlocking the Potential of Women as a part of the Entrepreneurial track at charcha 2022. Hosted by Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship (G.A.M.E), the dialogue will discuss many opportunities for women-led businesses to take the lead on

SARDI India MSME Tech Policy Fellowship Program

Background USAID through its South Asia Regional Digital Initiative (SARDI) is launching a one-year fellowship program to conduct policy research at the interface of digitalization and MSMEs in India. The fellowship program seeks to ensure the MSME perspectives and challenges are incorporated in policy development. The focus is on finding ways in which the overall digital adoption and digital transformation can thus be achieved for the MSMEs in India. The fellowship will provide policy recommendations that can be readily taken up for