Canadian body to fund research by nine Indian think-tanks


New Delhi: Canada’s Inter-national Development Re-search Center (IDRC), the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have decided to give $13 million to nine Indian think- tanks.

These think-tanks will use the funds to carry research and projects focused on broad national, social, and economic policy issues.

In all, 16 institutions were selected from five countries —Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

The $21 million investment in South Asia is matched by $14 million in Latin America and follows $30 million in grants to 24 think-tanks in East and West Africa in 2009.

The nine Indian Institutions selected are: Center for Study of Science, Technology and Policy in Bangalore, the Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability in Delhi, the Center for Policy Research in New Delhi, the Center for the Study of Developing Societies, the Indian Institute of Dalit Studies, New Delhi, the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi, the Institute of Rural Management, Anand, Guja-rat, the National Council of Applied Economic Research, New Delhi, and the Public Affairs Centre in Bangalore.

Each of these institutions will receive long-term funding, enabling them to conduct research that is fundamental to the development of sound policy in India.

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