Institutional Support to Policy Research Organizations in India

IDRC's Think Tank Initiative is a multi-donor program dedicated to strengthening independent policy research institutions, or "think tanks," in developing countries, thereby enabling them to produce sound research that both informs and influences policy. The Initiative selected the first cohort of 24 grantees in East and West Africa through a competitive call in 2008-2009. A second competitive call was launched in 2009, targeting seven countries in Latin America and five countries in South Asia (Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka). Of the 16 successful applicants from South Asia, nine are in India.

Policy research in South Asia is dominated by India. A long tradition of independent research exists there thanks to the strong demand from policymakers in search of ideas and advice. Local funding is available, but as in other regions, this tends to be project-based and is moving away from support to the social sciences. Institutions are struggling to maintain high quality research and to communicate their results effectively.

This grant will strengthen the ability of the nine research institutions in India to provide, disseminate and communicate high-quality research. It will do so through measures aimed at enhancing the ability of staff to conduct sound research, improving organizational performance and forging links with policymakers. Particular effort will be made to enable grantees to mobilize other sources of funding, so that none become dependent on the Think Tank Initiative over the long term. The project will also support a platform for grantee networking both within the Initiative and with a wider network of institutions engaged in policy-related research.

Project ID

106142

Project status

Closed

Start Date

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

End Date

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Duration

48 months

IDRC Officer

Verma, Samar

Total funding

CA$ 12,186,812

Countries

India, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia, Nepal, Pakistan

Program

Think Tank Initiative

Project Leader

Anshu Bharadwaj

Institution

Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy

Institution Country

India

Institution Website

http://www.cstep.in

Project Leader

Prof. Jeemol Unni

Institution

Institute of Rural Management Anand Society

Institution Country

India

Institution Website

http://www.irma.ac.in

Project Leader

Subrat Das

Institution

The Trustees of Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability

Institution Country

India

Institution Website

http://www.cbgaindia.org

Project Leader

Dr. Gobinda C. Pal

Institution

Indian Institute of Dalit Studies

Institution Country

India

Institution Website

http://www.dalitstudies.org.in

Project Leader

Manoj Panda

Institution

Institute of Economic Growth

Institution Country

India

Institution Website

http://www.iegindia.org

Project Leader

Pratap Bhanu Mehta

Institution

(Chief, Administrative Services) for and on behalf of Centre for Policy Research Registered Society

Institution Country

India

Institution Website

http://www.cprindia.org

Project Leader

Rajeev Bhargava

Institution

(Director) for and on behalf of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies

Institution Country

India

Project Leader

Dr. Shekhar Shah

Institution

National Council of Applied Economic Research

Institution Country

India

Institution Website

http://www.ncaer.org

Project Leader

Raghavan Suresh

Institution

Public Affairs Centre

Institution Country

India

Institution Website

http://www.pacindia.org