How effective was India’s Direct Benefit Transfer system during the COVID-19 pandemic?
This video provides strategic insights about the existing cash transfer programs and the payment infrastructure used for the timely delivery of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana during pandemic in India.
Beyond the barriers of affordability: An analysis of India’s cooking fuel support program under the COVID-19 assistance package
India responded to the COVID-19 crisis by announcing several relief measures under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY). As part of PMGKY, 80 million poor women enrolled under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY), received cash transfers in their bank accounts to purchase liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). This paper assess the program’s efficacy and the experience of beneficiaries in receiving advance transfers into their bank accounts and purchasing LPG refills during and after the lockdown.
Efficacy of MGNREGA in mitigating the loss in income and unemployment caused by the COVID-19 pandemic
This paper evaluates the efficacy of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in reversing the surge of unemployment in the country during COVID-19 and presents key takeaways from India’s experience in handling the livelihood crisis.
Efficacy of India’s food security response during COVID-19
The paper assesses the efficacy of India’s food security response during COVID-19 pandemic. It details out field level insights and also covers the lessons learned from the PDS experience during the pandemic.
A webinar on “Financing agribusinesses amid COVID-19”
MSC conducted a webinar on “Financing Agribusinesses amid COVID-19” on 29th September, 2021. We ran the event alongside Kenya Crops and Dairy Market Systems Activity (KCDMS), which receives funding from USAID.
Wi-Fi voucher: A top-selling product for rural corner shops in Indonesia
In Indonesia, 12,548 villages still lack access to 4G internet. This blog explores how Wi-Fi vouchers help diarists under our Corner Shop Diaries project and others in rural Indonesia access the internet.