India Development Fund (IDF)
IDF is a privately funded, non-profit, non-partisan research foundation set up as a Trust in April, 2003. Its major objective is to develop awareness about how markets work, why they are desirable and how we can develop them. IDF aims to help policy-makers transform emerging economies into market based societies.
There are three aspects to IDF:
- to offer recommendations on what needs to be done. These recommendations are derived from research and analysis;
- to generate a blue-print of how to implement the recommendations. These are worked out through interaction with practitioners and stakeholders; and
- to disseminate its work through publications in peer-reviewed journals, workshops, seminars and various media to reach out to practitioners, policymakers and the general public. It also undertakes pilot projects to demonstrate how its recommendations can be realized
- IDF partnered with GDN in the Global Research Project "Promoting Innovations from the Developing World."
- The Foundation commissions Working Papers on a variety of subject areas including poverty targeting, Indian social democracy, governance and the poor, and technology as facilitator of social inclusion
- Seminars/Workshops on various topics are also available on the website ranging from economic growth in South Asia to water management strategies
- Finally, IDF’s publications, lectures, projects, and its call for papers can all be found online
The Fund also issues two journals, the Journal of Infrastructural Development and the Review of Market Integration, in addition to a wide variety of publications. The second issue of the Journal of Infrastructure Development (JID) and the third issue of the Review of Market Integration (RMI) came out in June. In that issue, JID shed light on infrastructure issues across the world and RMI focused on labor markets in India.