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               Celebrating 10 years of research at IFMR

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A Theory of Change

It is said that the only thing constant is change. This is especially true for developing countries. However, uplifting micro-enterprises to promote economic growth, addressing socio-economic issues to decrease poverty, making strategies for a sustainable and environment friendly future requires more than change, it requires transformational change. Transformational change requires a strong vision and long-term strategy. It also requires patience, lots of it, and most importantly, it requires ensuring that every segment of society is a part of this change.

The latest socio-economic survey figures indicate that in India, there is still a lot to do for achieving a true transformation of the country. Despite India's economic growth, millions of people in rural areas are yet to receive any benefit from it. The vast majority, over 90% of rural India, does not have salaried jobs. Over half of all rural households derive their household income from informal manual labour, while another 30% derive it from cultivation. In nearly 75% of rural households, the main family earner makes less than Rs. 5,000 per month.

Research can play a big role in providing evidence in the most effective ways to bring positive change for all. Bringing this evidence-based research to policy-makers will ensure transformational change. Our goal at IFMR LEAD is to be these designers of change. Our mission is to make sure our research reaches those who can enable transformation.

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  #Dr Andre Butler is a Research Fellow at IFMR LEAD. We spoke with him about climate change and its link with poverty. Here's an excerpt from the interview.

What got you interested in the topic of climate change?

When I was first setting out in the field there was major concern that warmer temperatures and water stress were going to cause widespread die-back of the Amazonian Forest. My interest was piqued by the vulnerability of this ecosystem which locks up the equivalent of 11 years of carbon emissions from fossil fuels. At the University of Edinburgh I was involved in a project aimed at better understanding this interaction between vegetation and climate change in tropical regions..

What are the three most important aspects with regards to climate change that Indian policymakers should focus on?

I would say the three most important aspects are electricity, agriculture and agriculture.

Agriculture deserves a double mention because it is both dependent on the climate as well as being a major source of emissions. Improving the emissions intensity of agricultural production as well as providing farmers with the financial and technological tools to adapt to a more variable climate should be a major policy focus.

Secondly, electricity generation is currently the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in India.Read More

Dr Andre Butler is a Research Fellow at IFMR LEAD. His work focuses on pursuing new knowledge in overcoming the threats posed by a changing climate on achieving food security and alleviating poverty. He holds a PhD in the field of climate change science from the University of Edinburgh.


Featured Projects

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# Ongoing Projects
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Testing financial literacy modules and savings mechanism...
Low carbon climate resilient development in India
Fiscal instruments for low carbon transport in Chennai
Getting our priorities right: Targeted agricultural credit and technology adoption...
Impact evaluation of self help group program: Notes from the field
Environment sustainability index 2015 – Tamil Nadu

LEAD Researchers in the Spotlight

    #   Annual Meet of Association of Microfinance Institution

IFMR LEAD was the Knowledge Partner for the Annual Meet of Association of Microfinance Institution – West Bengal, held on 20th May, 2015 in Kolkata. Our researchers conducted a special session on the existing knowledge gaps in the microfinance industry, and the current regulatory scenario in the sector. The event was attended by a diverse group of professionals.

    #   Best Practices in Social and Environmental Impact Assessment

Centre for Science and Environment and IIM Kashipur organized a “Workshop on Best Practices in Environmental and Social Impact Assessment” from February 18th-20th, 2015 in New Delhi. Vivek Venkataramani, Research Associate at IFMR LEAD, presented his paper- ‘Incorporating Environment and Social Risks Analysis (ESRA) in Project Financing: The Case of India”

    #   The 3rd International Open Data Conference

The Government of Canada, Canada’s International Development Research Centre, and the World Bank hosted ‘The 3rd International Open Data Conference’ from May 28th-29th, 2015, in Ottawa, Canada. Aurelie Larquemin, Policy and Development Fellow at IFMR LEAD, conducted a session titled ‘Open Data and Applied Socio-economic Research in India: An Overview’ for a panel discussion in the conference on ‘Country case studies.'


In the News

Heuristics: A behavioral approach to financial literacy training
Chennai should levy Rs.30 per trip as congestion charge
Jan Dhan hits customer service barrier
CGAP recently featured a blog on an ideas42 - IFMR LEAD study that explores the feasibility of delivering financial heuristics via a mobile phone platform.
India Climate Dialogue features an article based on the IFMR LEAD study, “Fiscal Instruments for Low Carbon Transport.”
Hindu Business Line features our study “Barriers to Basic Banking: Results from an Audit study in South India”

Development Outlook Blog

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  Experimenting with piggy banks for livelihoods   From the diary of a novice researcher   Can mobile technology bolster the Indian MSME sector?  



LEAD Careers


February 19, 2015: Financial Inclusion Workshop

March 27, 2015: Workshop on Industry and Firm Data in India

April 18-19, 2015: Policy Hack

May 4, 2015: SIRD Training Workshop

Research Associate, Mahila Samakhya Project, Centre for Microfinance, IFMR LEAD

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