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Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), a New Delhi based autonomous think-tank under the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, is an organization that specializes in policy research on international economic issues and development cooperation. RIS is envisioned as a forum for fostering effective policy dialogue and capacity-building among developing countries on international economic issues. The focus of the work programme of RIS is to promote South- South Cooperation and assist developing countries in multilateral negotiations in various forums. RIS is engaged in the Track II process of several regional initiatives. RIS is providing analytical support to the Government of India in the negotiations for concluding comprehensive economic cooperation agreements with partner countries. Through its intensive network of policy think tanks, RIS seeks to strengthen policy coherence on international economic issues. For more information about RIS and its work programme, please visit its website: www.ris.org.in


The Forum for Indian Development Cooperation (FIDC) was launched at a seminar held on 15 January 2013 in RIS. The idea was to have a forum for exploring various facets of development cooperation, which would also seek to draw upon India’s own experience. FIDC was launched by Mr. P. S. Raghavan, Additional Secretary, Development Partnership Administration (DPA), Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. Amb. Shyam Saran, Chairman, RIS presided over the launch while Ms. Lise Grande, Resident Representative, UNDP gave special remarks. The FIDC is housed in RIS, New Delhi. For more information about FIDC and its work programme, please visit its website: www.fidc.ris.org.in