Evaluating the Impact of a Farm Ponds Program

This impact assessment will examine and document the impact of Deshpande Foundation’s ‘Farm Ponds’ program.


Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Support for CGIAR’s GENDER Platform

As part of this project, LEAD is providing technical inputs on Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning to CGIAR’s GENDER platform initiative.


Developing a Framework to Assess Socio-economic Value of Open Data in India

Sharon Buteau, Preethi Rao, Anshuman Kr Mehta, Vigneshraja Kadirvell

This paper attempts to develop a framework to assess the socioeconomic value of Open Data in India. The paper discusses the various actors, their roles vis-a-vis usage of Open Data to generate intended output, and the net results of expected outcomes at the macro level. 

Socioeconomic and Gender Analysis of Tribal Populations in India

Deepti Kc, Samik Adhikari

This report presents insights from a baseline evaluation study to assess socioeconomic status in rural tribal regions of seven districts in five states: Chhattisgarh (Bastar, Kanker); Madhya Pradesh (Mandla, Shahdol); Orissa (Koraput); Rajasthan (Sirohi) and West Bengal (West Midnapur).

Increasing Women’s Participation in Community-based Livelihoods Interventions

Deepti Kc, Kalrav Acharya, Rajat Mookherjee

This report presents findings and lessons learnt from an assessment of the Bihar Rural Livelihoods Project – Jeevika.

Futures Prices Information for Small and Medium Farmers

Samik Adhikari, Gautam Gustav Bastian, Shawn Cole and David Yanagizawa-Drott

This policy paper reports on a series of interventions designed to enable farmers to use information from futures markets with the goal of helping them improve agricultural planning and decision-making, reduce their risk exposure, and increase harvest time revenue.

Social Networks and Microfinance

Abhijit Banerjee, Arun G. Chandrasekhar, Esther Duflo and Matthew Jackson

The study of how network structures influence economic activity is increasingly becoming the subject of interest within Development Economics. This note summarises patterns of social interaction influence an individual’s economic behaviour including employment, career choice, consumption, investment, risk sharing and participation in microfinance

Can Workfare Serve as a Substitute for Weather Insurance? The Case of NREGA in Andhra Pradesh

Doug Johnson

In this paper, the authors attempt to assess whether a recently enacted workfare program in India, the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), allowed potential participants to mitigate the effects of weather shocks by investigating whether participation levels in the program in one state were responsive to changes in rainfall.

The Importance of Hold-up in Contracting : Evidence from a Field Experiment

Rajkamal Iyer, Antoinette Schoar

This paper explores how the relationship specificity of an investment affects the ex-ante structure of contracts and the ex-post resolution of an ensuing hold-up problem.

Microfinance Bill 2007

Minakshi Ramji, Yusuke Taishi

On 20th March 2007, the Union Government introduced the Micro Financial Sector Development and Regulation Bill 2007 in the Lok Sabha – the lower house in the parliament of India. If passed, this bill may change the way in which microfinance is practiced in this country – and possibly in a way that will not be beneficial to the microfinance sector. This note is an attempt to provide an overview of the bill and point out potential perplexities that would