IDF is a privately funded, non-profit, non-partisan research foundation set up as a Trust on April 2, 2003. Its major objective is to develop awareness about how markets work, why they are desirable and how we can develop them with an aim to help policy makers transform emerging economies into market based societies. Its activities can be divided into three stages: to offer research-based recommendations for action, to generate a blue-print of how to implement the recommendations through interaction with practitioners and stakeholders; and to disseminate its work through publications in notable journals, workshops, seminars and various media. This ensures that the work reaches practitioners, policymakers and the general public.
It also undertakes pilot projects to demonstrate how its recommendations can be realised.
The Swedish Institute for Financial Research (SIFR) is a private and independent non-profit association which was founded in the year 2000. It focuses on high quality research on issues in financial economics with a view to narrow the gap between academic research and the practice of the financial industry.
The Wharton Financial Institutions Centre (FIC) is an internationally recognised centre for research in financial institutions housed at the Wharton School.The FIC and CAF agreed to hold joint biennial conferences, the first of which was held in April, 2007 at Wharton School.