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TTI Phase 2 Institutional Support: Indian Institute of Dalit Studies

This funding will enhance the Indian Institute of Dalit Studies' (IIDS) role as a credible public policy institution in India by strengthening its ability to provide high-quality, influential, and policy-relevant research.

About the Indian Institute of Dalit Studies
IIDS is a social sciences research centre with a focus on development concerns related to marginalized and socially excluded groups. The institute conducts research on issues of deprivation, the nature and consequences of exclusion and discrimination, and collective action. IIDS is one of India's first research organizations to focus specifically on these issues. The institute receives its funding from the Think Tank Initiative (TTI).

Influencing and informing policy
TTI is a multi-funder program dedicated to strengthening independent policy research institutions, or think tanks, in developing countries. The program aims to enhance their ability to provide sound research that informs and influences policy.

This second TTI phase (2014?2019) will fund 43 institutions, helping them consolidate their role as credible development actors in their countries, and in some cases, regionally and internationally. For IIDS, this project will help enhance its research quality, organizational performance, and policy engagement.

Better research, greater reach
Through this support over the next 4.5 years, IIDS is expected to
-develop its human resources, policies, and systems
-use advanced analytical tools, methodologies, and communication and outreach tactics
-establish its reputation as a globally recognized centre of excellence, founded on solid evidence-based research and effective outreach
-provide a voice to low-income countries in national, regional, and global arenas
-support the government and private sector to develop an inclusive society through policies that address the problems of excluded groups (people who suffer from caste, ethnic, religious, gender, and other identity-based exclusion and discrimination)
-strengthen research quality, including research in new areas such as caste discrimination and exclusion, consequences of economic discrimination on employment, income and economic growth, social exclusion, affirmative action and employment, financial inclusion, private entrepreneurship, and social justice education
-improve its capacity for reflection and learning through better monitoring and evaluation systems, efficient administration, and improved human resource systems
-enhance policy engagement and communication
-increase and diversify funding sources.

Project ID
Project Status
End Date
54 months
IDRC Officer
Samar Verma
Total Funding
CA$ 1,031,994.00
Think Tank Initiative
Think Tank Initiative
Institution Country
Project Leader
Gobinda C Pal
The Trustees of the Indian Institute of Dalit Studies