Inclusive development is the key envisaged result of scalable solutions, and one needs to go beyond theoretical comprehension to understand ground realities.

Here is an opportunity to become acquainted with and gain knowledge on tackling the burning questions in development - and, what's more, interact with seasoned policy professionals, researchers and development practitioners. In a nutsheell, TIPFD allows you to understand contemporary development issues and learn about the latest policy and research tools to find solutions.

What’s in it
for you?

Gain perspective on development challenges: Understand the emerging issues in development across South Asian countries;

Learn from the best in the sector: Interact with researchers from the IFMR ecosystem, policy-makers, and leaders from the development and financial sectors;

Polish your skills: Build your skillset in rigorous quantitative and qualitative research methods and multidisciplinary approaches to problem-solving;

Shape the future: Learn to conceptualize holistic solutions to real-world questions on inclusive development and execute actionable programs; and

Learn on the ground: Choose to undertake an internship in India and witness the challenges in development first-hand.


Landscape of Development Issues in South Asia

Evaluation of Policy Interventions

Development through the Lens of Finance

Research Design

Creation of Virtuous Cycles between Research, Policy and Implementation


Financial Inclusion and Fintech

Micro, Small & Medium Enterprise Development

Sustainable Livelihoods

Rural Infrastructure Development


Who Should

Candidates enrolled in Graduate and Post-Graduate programs;

Young researchers and professionals;

Students of Economics, Engineering, Social Sciences, Data Science;

CSR enthusiasts, policy makers, industry stakeholders; and

Those displaying keen interest in contributing to inclusive development.

How to

Apply Now

Phone No: +91 99809 12220

Deadline for
April 30, 2019
Accepted candidates will be notified by May 1st 2019.

Includes course fee, study material, lunch and refreshments.

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Participants who are interested will be given the opportunity to intern with IFMR LEAD or one of its partner institutes. The internship will allow them to employ the skills and knowledge they have acquired from the program in the field. Interns will have an opportunity to help find answers to some of the following research questions:

• Financial Inclusion: Is the current financial ecosystem and infrastructure equipped to facilitate the push to digitization? Does self-commitment help women reach their savings target? Do financial literacy programs help low-income groups make informed decisions about their financial investments?

• Agriculture: How well has the Indian farming community adopted know-how and technological advancements to improve farm produce? How has the availability of innovative finance products transformed agricultural value chain financing?

• Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Development: How have initiatives such as ‘Mudra’, ‘Make in India’ and ‘Skill India’ impacted the MSME sector in India? What role has the informal finance sector played in the Indian MSME sector?

• Infrastructure and Governance: How has the Swachh Bharat initiative changed the use of toilets and washing practices in India? How far are ‘Smart Cities’ from reality?


Rayan Nait Mazi, founder and CEO of Microskills, is currently pursuing his Masters in Technology, Leadership and Entrepreneurship at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He shares his TIPFD experience.







Sebastian Gachot interned with IFMR LEAD in the summer of 2011. He helped manage a team of 10 surveyors, supervised the data entry process and analyzed data on the ‘Access to Finance 2011 – Andhra Pradesh’ study. Here is what he has to say about interning with IFMR.

“I did my internship at IFMR in the summer of 2011, between my first and second year of the master’s degree at University of California San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS). This internship provided me with a perfect opportunity to confront my aspirations to work in development with the reality of what such a career entails. I had the chance to work on various tasks, from questionnaire design to data collection and analysis. The experience I gained was enriching, both at the professional and human levels, and paved the way for what I am doing today: working as a Rural Development Specialist in Haiti for the Inter-American Development Bank (IABD), at the crossroad of research (impact evaluations) and projects implementation on the field.”

Ruchinilo Kemp,a graduate of IIT Guwahati, is currently a Program Coordinator for projects on Natural Resource Management at Seva Mandir, Udaipur. He shares his experience of attending TIPFD 2018.

“TIPFD provides a unique experience for understanding the financial landscape underpinning the development discourse in India. The course also offers a wide body of knowledge generated by researchers and experts who have vast experience in and long association with their respective areas of work. I was particularly intrigued by a session on innovations in fintech and, how it could be a precursor in changing the financial inclusion landscape in India. This program has helped me to reflect on my work and, I am sure, it would offer a similar experience for other practitioners.”