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  • Blog post

    Leaders and citizens: Women’s political participation in India

    Women’s political participation has emerged as a key element of the discourse around the upcoming state elections in India. In this post, Nalini Gulati and Ella Spencer explore the evidence on various aspects of women’s political engagement in the country – representation in government, women as political leaders, and women as active citizens. According to the WEF...

    31 Mar 2021 | Nalini Gulati, Ella Spencer

  • Blog post

    The pandemic’s gendered impact on livelihoods and wellbeing: Evidence from India

    A survey of over 700 households from India’s National Capital Region finds that women report bearing a greater burden of pandemic-induced mental stress relative to men, with potentially lasting effects on their well-being and productivity. Editor’s note: This article is part of our International Women’s Day campaign and is based on this IGC project. In the...

    22 Mar 2021 | Farzana Afridi, Amrita Dhillon, Sanchari Roy

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    The impact of COVID-19 on livelihoods and mental health among the urban poor in India

     With a population of 1.3 billion people, of which many are informal workers lacking access to social security, India faces significant policy challenges in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis and subsequent lockdown. Based on surveys of husbands and wives in urban clusters of Delhi, this study provides evidence on the immediate and near-term impact of the crisis on the...

    22 Mar 2021 | Farzana Afridi, Amrita Dhillon, Sanchari Roy

  • Publication - Project Report

    Livelihoods and mental well-being during COVID-19: A study using matched husband-wife-friend data in urban India

    This study estimates the immediate and near-term impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the gendered aspects of employment and mental health of urban informal sector workers in India.

    22 Mar 2021 | Farzana Afridi, Amrita Dhillon, Sanchari Roy

  • Blog post

    Matter of mobility: Barriers to women’s work and education, and the dangers at home

    As countries across the world implemented lockdowns to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, both women and men have been largely confined to their homes but with differential impacts. In this post, Nikita Sharma discusses the pre-pandemic restrictions on the mobility of women in India – on account of social norms and safety concerns – as well as the dangers they face at...

    16 Mar 2021 | Nikita Sharma

  • Event

    IGC India online event: Women in the economy

    In India women’s labour force participation stands at 20.79%, who are mostly engaged in the informal sector. A report by The Economists stated that only 7% of women in urban India have paid jobs. Existing barriers and challenges are inter-twined across work and household responsibilities and ranges across various factors such as the burden of unpaid care work, lack of job...

    12 March 2021

  • Publication - Project Report

    Kanyashree Prakalpa in West Bengal, India: Justification and evaluation

    The Kanyashree Prakalpa introduced by the Government of West Bengal in 2013 is a conditional cash transfer (CCT) scheme aimed at simultaneously reducing under-age marriage and adolescent dropout among girls. This scheme has received widespread recognition at both national and international levels, including the most prestigious award for public services, The United Nations...

    2 Mar 2021 | Arijita Dutta, Anindita Sen

  • Event

    Accelerating gender equality in India post-COVID

     To mark International Women’s Day 2021, we explore how India can adopt more gender inclusive policy planning and implementation to manage the impact of COVID-19. This event is part of the LSE Festival: Shaping the Post-COVID World running from Monday 1 to Saturday 6 March 2021, with a series of events exploring the direction the world could and should be...

    5 March 2021

  • Blog post

    The impact of COVID-19 on smallholder farmers in India and the way forward

    IGC’s look at COVID-19’s economic influence in developing countries continued with an event focused on India, where the pandemic reveals the increasing vulnerabilities of smallholder farmers and an agricultural market badly in need of reform. Nearly 90% of India’s agricultural sector is made up of small and marginal farmers. These farmers are particularly...

    1 Mar 2021 | Kumar Das, Bijeta Mohanty

  • Event

    IGC India online event: Strengthening Social Protection

    Over the last several decades, the Government of India has introduced several cash transfer programmes to improve social welfare outcomes. While social protection programmes in India have helped to reduce poverty significantly, there is limited credible evidence on the impact of these programs on outcomes. In the webinar, we discuss implementation challenges and policy...

    1 March 2021