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For almost a decade, IFMR has been at the forefront of the development scene. The various centres in our ecosystem work with a common vision of providing cross-cutting research on the most salient features of social and economic development.

Through our joint efforts, we have built a solid path for high quality research in India, a reputation for excellence in monitoring and evaluation and an important voice in promoting evidence-based policymaking. At this juncture, there was a shared sentiment in the organization to adopt a name that truly reflects our continued ambitions. And after due deliberation by the teams, we finalized on the title – IFMR LEAD

With hundreds of high-skilled social science researchers, IFMR LEAD is one of the biggest development economics and financial research organization in India. Our lead message “Leveraging Evidence for Access and Development”, strongly echoes our commitment to continuously pair our rigorous research with innovative action to ultimately increase the capability for all to lead better quality lives.

Our endeavor is to keep our readers abreast with IFMR LEAD’s work towards the development agenda. We hope you enjoy reading about us.

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Sharon Buteau

  #The Important Role of Digital Payments in Reaching India’s Financial Inclusion Objectives

The financial inclusion and efficiency gains associated with ubiquitous access to digital payments systems are very high. Digital payments can reduce transaction costs by up to 90 percent, save the Government more than Rs. 1 lakh crore, and provide accessible financial services to all residents while also lowering costs for financial providers. This is especially salient in India where its sheer size and wide-spread absolute poverty does not allow for many to absorb the costs associated with the management of physical currency notes and traditional branches.

The RBI Committee on Comprehensive Financial Services (CCFS) thereby envisions a much greater proliferation of digital payment points, especially in rural areas, such that every resident in India would be within a fifteen minute walking distance...Read More

Dr. Nachiket Mor is a renowned financial expert committed to financial inclusion and healthcare sector reform. He currently serves as a member of the RBI Board of Director’s Standing Committee on Financial Inclusion; the Research Advisory Council of the RBI’s Centre for Advanced Financial Research and Learning; and the Standing Council of Experts on the Indian Financial Sector of the Ministry of Finance, Government of India.

Click here to ask Dr. Nachiket Mor a question on digital payments in India.


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Evaluation of the MP Solar Policy
Mobile based advice for MSME’s
Index Insurance to Manage Weather Risk...
Affordable Day Care Project
Implementation of the National Action Plan...
Barriers to basic banking: Results from...

LEAD Researchers in the Spotlight

    #   Making Impact Evaluation Matter - Held in Manila, Philippines between September 3-5, 2014 and hosted by 3ie, Asian Development Bank, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.  
    #   Presentation at the TEGI workshops- Conducted on 20th June, 2014 and on 10th September, 2014. Prsentation of key findings by Chayan Bandyopadhyay from the study titled “An Evaluation of the Implementation of the Tamil Nadu Solar Policy”  
    #   India Development Marketplace Awards ’14, Guwahati- Targeting innovative business models of service delivery to the poor in Assam, Meghalaya, and Mizoram.  

In the News

The plight of complimentary migrants
How to increase formal savings for papad-maker
Financial inclusion of women: Myth or reality?
Migration is not a recent phenomenon. People migrate in search of better opportunities…
In Dharavi, Mumbai, the largest urban slum in Asia, groups of women make papad…
Despite Government of India’s initiatives to improve access to financial products…

Development Outlook Blog

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  Our Interest in Interest Rates   Soil Economics – The “Science” in the economics   Can Qualitative Research be Rigorous? Part 2  



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Upcoming Events
Oct, 2014: Tamil Nadu Solar Policy Study

Past Events
April-Sept, 2014: Six Round Table discussions with Pradan
Aug, 2014: Importance of Data and Analysis for Policy Formulation
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