Research Foundation (ERF)
is a registered not-for-profit trust engaged in research,
training and the dissemination of information and analysis
in the area of development economics. It seeks to evolve
alternative policies aimed at alleviating deprivation
and to build capacity for formulating and implementing
such policies. A focus of its activities is the use
of information technology to further these ends. Apart
from Macroscan, the Foundation maintains two other websites,
on behalf of International Development Economics Associates
(IDEAs). There has been substantial and growing interest
in the Macroscan and IDEAs websites, with networks members
sending in comments, responses and articles and research
papers for the websites. The studies that are being
conducted, dissemination activities that are being organized,
and debates being furthered by ERF are expected to influence
in myriad ways both the policy discourse and policy
making in developing countries in Asia.
Research undertaken by ERF is coordinated by Prof. C.P.
Chandrasekhar and Prof. Jayati Ghosh, and is supported
by a team consisting of economists, researchers and
other support staff including web managers, etc. It
also organises various activities in the form of conferences,
workshops and seminars in India and in other countries,
to encourage alternative research and dissemination
of the research findings, as well as greater interaction
and academic contact at a personal level.
ERF is registered under Sub-Registrar VII, New Delhi,
Government of India and is also registered under the
Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 1976. The trust
has blanket clearance from the Home Ministry, Government
of India under the FCRA to receive foreign contributions.