Publications | Kaarak

Publications by Kaarak

E-commerce Case Studies: India Case Study Created by Kaarak

An overview report accompanying a series of seven case studies to provide the reproductive health (RH) supplies community with a deeper understanding of the current landscape and future potential of obtaining RH supplies through e-commerce. Each case study focuses on either a specific country (India, Kenya, Mexico, and the United States) or a new and underused RH technology (emergency contraception, female condoms, and the Standard Days Method®). Kaarak created the India case study.
Barmer Rajasthan
Social and Market Research: Menstrual and Reproductive Health Beliefs, Practices, Products and Markets in Barmer, Rajasthan- CARE India

A first of its kind study in Barmer, Rajasthan that revealed key findings about menstruation related awareness, communication, norms, infrastructure as well as details and prospects for local MH&RH markets. and Market Research Menstrual and Reproductive Health Beliefs Practices Products and Markets in Barmer, Rajasthan.pdf
A study to understand health related CSR in India
A Study to Understand Health-Related Corporate Social Responsibility in India

In this research note, Kaarak's research team led by Dustin Robertson, assesses the existing relationship and best practices in the area of CSR and Health. The research puts special focus on how the Companies Act 2013 will influence CSR portfolios and operations in India. 

Cover design by Saheli Khastagir Study to Understand Health-Related Corporate Social Responsibility in India.pdf
ILO IPEC Child labour GP LL
Good Practices and Lessons Learned under the Convergence India Model, ILO/IPEC

Identifies and documented Good Practices and Lessons Learnt under the Convergence Project. In total the document identified and captured eleven Good practices and one Lesson Learned.
MAS NSIC Evaluation
Evaluation study of MSME Marketing Assistance Scheme

Kaarak conducted a nationwide survey of targeted MSMEs to evaluate the Ministry of MSME's scheme for Marketing Assistance. The evaluation study gave inputs to NSIC and MoMSME to improve the Marketing Assistance Scheme.
Save the children in Nepal - Vulnerability
Research Study on ‘Understanding Childhood Vulnerability and Poverty in Sindhupalchowk in Nepal’- Save The Children, Nepal
Study conducted on childhood vulnerability and poverty focuses on understanding different factors at the household level responsible for putting children at risk and depriving them of basic rights.
Save the children in Nepal
Research Study- ‘Understanding the Scope of Social Protection Measures as a means to improve Child well-being in Sindhupalchawk in Nepal’- Save The Children, Nepal
This research studies the scope of existing social protection programmes and its implications on children in Sindhupalchowk in Nepal.
AIACA Chanderi Case - Handwoven Products
Impact of value chain analysis interventions Hand-woven products from the Chanderi region - Impact Assessment Study for AIACA (All India Artisan Craftworks Association)
Study conducted to evaluate the impact of livelihood interventions that sought to develop the value chain for embellished handmade fabric from the Chanderi region in India.

Publications by Individual Team Members

Mainstream Weekly: Neo-bondage and Make in India
Neo-bondage in the Age of 'Make in India' and Shramev Jayate

This article, which first appeared in Mainstream Weekly, presents some of the key factors and processes leading to high levels of exploitation in India.  Particular insights and possible solutions are provided on India's massive brick kiln industry.
Lao PDR: Sustainable Natural Resources Management and Productivity Enhancement Project Value Chain Development Study of Yang Bong (Persea Kurzii)
Lao PDR: Sustainable Natural Resources Management and Productivity Enhancement Project Value Chain Development Study of Yang Bong (Persea Kurzii)

Yang Bong is an important Minor Forest Produce (MFP) or Non-Timber Forest Produce (NTFP) in Lao PDR that provides livelihood support to many poor families living in forests and rural areas. This study presents a clear, concise analysis of the sector in order to make a set of practical recommendations to government policy makers and industry players on development of joint strategies to improve the performance and profitability of the smallholder Bong (Persea kurzii) sector at all points on the value chain.
Independent Evaluation of the ILO’s Decent Work Country Programme Strategies and Activities in North-Africa: 2010-2013
Independent Evaluation of the ILO’s Decent Work Country Programme Strategies and Activities in North-Africa: 2010-2013

International evaluation to assess the Decent Work strategies and activities in the countries of Algeria, Egypt, Eritrea, Libya, Morocco, South Sudan, Sudan and Tunisia. Evaluation served to determine whether ILO strategies and actions effectively supported national constituents’ priorities and efforts to fill Decent Work gaps.
UN Women - Exclusion Empowerment
From Exclusion to Empowerment-UN Women

A Baseline Assessment was undertaken of the UN Women’s Programme for Empowerment of Widows and their Coalition. The assessment exercise probes several aspects of widow’s socio-economic conditions, perceptions and their expectation from the programme. Author-Mini Thakur
From Nomads to Artisans : A case study of Sabala’s experience of promoting sustainable livelihoods for Lambanis in Karnataka
Case study presenting the NGO, Sabala’s journey in promoting sustainable livelihoods for a typically ultra-poor community and the knowledge created in this process. It also presents the key features of the intervention model and analyses the key factors along with challenges faced. The case comments on the issue of size, sustainability and replication of promoting sustainable livelihoods for the ultra-poor. Published by Access Development services and winner of special recognition award at Sitaram Rao Case Study Competition 2012. Author- Poorvaja Kumar and Brajesh Pandey Nomads to Artisans-A case study on Sabala.pdf
ILO Arab Region
Synthesis of country level DWCP Evaluations for Jordan, Lebanon and oPt, the ILO Evaluation Unit, Geneva
The report present findings and recommendations of the independent evaluation of ILO’s programmes in Lebanon, Jordan and the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) from 2008-2012.
International Labour Office
India DWCP 2007 – 12, Independent Evaluation Report, International Labour Organization (ILO)
The assignment entailed evaluation of the current DWCP of the ILO in India on UNEG recommended evaluation criteria i.e. Relevance, Coherence, Effectiveness, Efficiency, Impact and Sustainability. Author-Mini Thakur and Brajesh Pandey