Why ICDIC 2018
Why this conference?
This conference will deliberate on the developmental challenges faced by India, an economy in transition. The event brings together academia, development practitioners, policy makers, economists, industrialists, corporates, government officials and research scholars from around the world. The conference will be an ideal platform for constructive dialogue on different dimensions of India’s development trajectory.

India has undertaken substantial and pervasive efforts to meet the burgeoning economic, political and environmental issues that confront a rapidly transforming economy. The development approaches have to contend with complex socio political structures and be faced with multiple challenges. At the international arena, events and changing policies of other countries and within India – the changing demographics, the agrarian crisis, the unmet Millennium Development and Sustainable Development Goals such as poverty, education, health, agriculture and growing inequalities churn up new tasks.

The development agenda to be meaningful should be built around a framework that addresses the needs of the people bearing in mind the principles of access, equity, inclusion and relevance.

Development is not a prerogative of the government alone. The conference will provide the platform to take stock of the lessons learnt from existing frameworks and gain from the experiences of policy makers and the work of the eminent researchers.

There is a need to capture not only quantitative information but qualitative evidence as well. Paying attention to disaggregated data and case studies can help one gain clear perspectives on the issues.

A debate is essential to contribute to existing literature, enable us to gain insights, align priorities, mobilise joint efforts towards attaining sustainable development. The discourse may be helpful in arriving at implementation approaches that can move policies into realisation of goals.
The focus of the conference remains centered on
  • Political economy
  • Poverty and inequality
  • Financial inclusion
  • Health
  • Environment
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Women
  • Education, skill development, vocational training
  • To provide space for expert opinions; disseminate findings from research studies, sharing of experiences of development practitioners, policy makers and stakeholders.
  • To foster dialogue and promote innovative thinking and sharing of knowledge.
  • To address specific concerns with respect to the focus areas.
  • To identify trends and challenges and discuss implementation strategies.
The expected outcomes of the conference
  • Publication of selected papers
  • Knowledge sharing
  • Networking