Category Archives: Applied research

Dharma Life facilitates rural India to face challenges of COVID-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact around the globe. The situation in India has been devastating, with the healthcare system close to collapse under the strain of thousands of people requiring medical attention. This devastation has been particularly tough for India’s rural population where shortages in doctors, hospital beds and medical equipment have […]

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Virtual Learning for Improved Livelihoods: Lessons from Female Micro-Entrepreneurs

“Voice of the Village” a collaboration with Dharma Life, Siriti and the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development. The Voice of the Village is a series of conversations on issues that affect those living in rural communities in India – inviting a wide breadth of stakeholders to collaborate and build solutions together. The fourth event […]

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Scale and fintech in Africa – some hard questions

Do we know how many African fintech companies have reached scale? Scale is often deemed a yardstick of success by investors, policy makers and practitioners. So it follows that we should be able to answer this question, right? However, this is not as simple as it may seem. There is established knowledge in academia on […]

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Wheeler Institute project team collaborates with Dharma Life to transform their model in response to COVID-19

You can see the last time we posted about this project was announcing the project here. COVID-19 has affected many people in many ways in 2020. Geric and I are very lucky that the biggest personal impact has been that our post MBA employment was delayed by six months. When this happened in May, I […]

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The Wheeler Institute engages in new research: Measuring the Impact of the COVID-19 on Rural Indian Households

Developing insights of life in rural India during and after COVID-19 This project will develop an observatory of life in rural India during and after the COVID-19 crisis; this involves collecting data from villagers about their health, livelihoods, information sources, and social interactions.   Utilising Dharma Life’s existing network, 1500 individuals across 7 states (Bihar, […]

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