India Development Foundation

What we do

India Development Foundation (IDF) is a private, non-profit, research foundation set up as a Trust in 2003. Guided by the principles of equality and non-discrimination, IDF works on a variety of issues with a view to inform policymakers. One of its focus areas is to develop awareness about how markets work, why they are desirable and how to develop them. IDF aims to help policymakers transform emerging economies into market-based societies.

A three-pronged approach


Intellectual property rights, standard essential patents and digital India
2018 - 2019

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Internet readiness and mobile application start-up ecosystem of Kerala

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Concurrent monitoring, evaluation and learning for Disha, a project aiming at creating employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for women in India
2015 - 2019

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Digital preparedness of small and medium businesses in Maharashtra, India
2017 - 2018

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(Research. Analysis. Commentary. Essay)

At IDF we aim to inform policy, not to influence it — and to nurture the intellectual curiosity required to be able to differentiate between these two ambitions. The IDF faculty is encouraged to be inquisitive about diverse themes. And study them all with open-minded and equal thoroughness. Our recommendations for policy are rooted in analyses and arguments borne of rigorous research. R.A.C.E showcases our world view, studied conclusions, our takes on the day's issues and what we think should be the day's issue — IDF's research, analysis, commentaries and essays.

Reassessing the impact of demonetisation on agriculture and informal sector

| January 2017

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Fat tax in Kerala: Panacea to the obesity problem?

Ashish Gupta and Shanthi Srivastava | December 2016

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National Education Policy 2016: Can it bring the teacher to school?

Nishant Chadha | September 2016

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Allowing FDI in retail: The pros and cons

Monica Dutta | September 2015

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W.A.S.H away diseases

Namrata Ghosh | September 2015

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Cracking the corruption conundrum

S.K. Shanthi | May 2015

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Does labelling work as well as strict conditionality in cash transfers?

Sambit Rath | May 2015

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How green is my Smart City

Monica Dutta | May 2015

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Corruption: Ctrl + Alt + Delete

Vikash Kumar | April 2015

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Language, a garbled lesson for Koraput’s tribal children

Robert Bhatra | April 2015

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The Land Acquisition Act, 1894: Colonial beginnings, unclear since

Paroma Sen | April 2015

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What political theory says about ‘New Parties’ like the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)

Alisha Kalra | April 2015

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SPECIAL ISSUE India’s Public Lands: Responsive, Transparent, and Fiscally Responsible Asset Management

Edited by Patricia Clarke Annez and Shubhashis Gangopadhyay | December 2013

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