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.
Social assistance and information in the initial phase of the pandemic: Lessons from a household survey in India
India’s early response to the COVID-19 pandemic included several measures, including a nationwide lockdown, an information campaign, and the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY)—a major social protection package. This paper explores the implementation of PMGKY based on a household survey conducted 4-6 weeks after its launch. The study also highlights the critical need to increase the spread of smartphones across the population.
Five ways in which the pandemic hit women and girls the hardest
In India, the urgency of dealing with COVID-19 has diverted attention away from serious issues that women face on all fronts, including the economic fallout of the pandemic. This report explores these issues in detail with the help of public data
This report delves deep into the innovative strategies FinTechs used to overcome the pandemic, measures taken by the government and regulators to enable ecosystem players, and the support FinTechs received from investors and accelerators. It also explores the change in behavior and adoption of digitized products by Indian customers.
This study assesses the impact of COVID-19 on the demand for financial services through agents and agent operations. It seeks to understand the ability of cash-in cash-out (CICO) agents to support government assistance programs. The study further provides recommendations to support policy development and aid the recovery of CICO agents in Indonesia.