Move to support core capacity of research institutions in South Asia

Staff Reporter

PUDUCHERRY: Canada-based International Development Research Centre (IDRC) on Saturday announced the launch of “Think Tank,” an initiative to support core capacity of research institutions in South Asia.

The initiative, which was funded by William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and IDRC, will provide long-term support to qualifying research organisations to enable them provide independent research that informs and influences policy.

President of IDRC David M. Malone told reporters that the Think Tank initiative, which was already active in Africa, was a large programme which would support the core capacity of research institutions and help them strengthen their own capacity.

Applications would be called for from research institutions in South Asia and they expected to support a number of institutions in India, he said.

IDRC was celebrating silver jubilee of its regional office in India and a board meeting and field trip to South India was scheduled as part of the celebrations, Chairman of IDRC’s Board of Governors Barbara McDougall said.

“We are providing core support to long-standing Indian partners – the National Council for Applied Economic Research (NCAER) and Institute of Social Studies Trust (ISST),” she said.

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