IFMR Research’s vision is a world in which all individuals, households, and small businesses have access to the enabling financial services, legal and physical infrastructure, and social services that empower them to realize their aspirations. Each of the seven research centers that constitute IFMR Research defines its own mission that contributes to this common vision, including: access to financial services, improving opportunities to mitigate risk, improving public goods provision, and ensuring scientific evaluation of scalable solutions to meet the broad goals of our vision. Together, the centers of IFMR Research design and test appropriate financial products for the poor and for small businesses, evaluate public and private sector anti-poverty strategies, promote government transparency through better measurement of public goods outcomes and public expenditure processes, and partner with a wide array of public, private and non-governmental organizations to produce clear recommendations for policymakers and social entrepreneurs. The centers bring cutting-edge academic findings and a shared commitment to methodological rigor to bear on their projects, leveraging key partnerships with some of the top economists and development specialists in the world and a wide grassroots network in India. Inputs from the centers are used to continuously update IFMR’s academic programs. Scholars from the centers also deliver lectures on campus and IFMR’s faculty is engaged with them in research projects.
Centers set up at IFMR are:
Centre for Micro Finance: CMF’s mission is to help improve access to and quality of financial services for the poor in India through rigorous research, knowledge dissemination and evidence-based policy outreach.
Centre for Development Finance: CDF is an action research center focused on improving governments’ and markets’ capacity to channel finance into sustainable, holistic development.
Small Enterprise Finance Centre: SEFC seeks to develop a vibrant SME sector through sustained advancement of research and practice of SME financing and growth in India by conducting and facilitating rigorous research programs in cooperation with first class researchers and institutions worldwide.
Center for Advanced Financial Studies: CAFS develops tools and concepts appropriate to market conditions in India and other emerging markets, provides research-based unbiased policy advice, and conducts post graduate programs that provide a comprehensive introduction to the theory and practice of modern finance. CAFS is also involved in executive education programs to bring the best current finance practices to professionals and tailor them to the needs of specific organizations.
Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) South Asia:: Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) South Asia seeks to improve the effectiveness of poverty programs by providing policymakers with clear scientific evidence that helps shape successful policies for poverty alleviation.
CLEAR (Centre for Learning on Evaluation and Results):: CLEAR (Centre for Learning on Evaluation and Results) is a global initiative supported by several donors and coordinated by the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group. It aims to strengthen the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and project management (PM) capacities in developing countries to achieve development outcomes. CLEAR South Asia Centre seeks to build capacity in the region for better monitoring, primary data collection and rigorous evaluation of ongoing programs through training, advisory, evaluations, and applied research.
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September 9, 2011
AIDS – Walk for Life
AIDS awareness campaign conducted by Samarthan – The social service club on 18th September 2011. To register visit: ifmr-samarthan.org
IFMR’s National Level Finance Summit. Second Edition : October 14th 2011