A foundation for ideas on development

The Foundation for Studies and Research on International Development (FERDI), was created in 2003 on the initiative of the Cerdi (University of Auvergne and CNRS). Its purpose is to promote a fuller understanding of international economic development and the factors that influence it.

FERDI supports research activities that make use of the most modern and most directly relevant instruments of economics to study development, and seeks to strengthen the potential of the French-speaking world in this area.

FERDI endeavours to promote the contribution of French and European work to international debate on major development issues, in particular on what Southern and Northern economic policies are best able to assist development by broadening capacity for individual choice and developing equality of opportunity among nations.

It thus wishes to contribute to improving these policies and providing information for companies whose business depends on world markets and their outlooks.

Accordingly, the Ferdi’s activities are driven and guided by 3 principles:

  • incisive research
  • outreach
  • Capacity building

Within its defined scope and the programmes it conducts, the Ferdi promotes its activity by initiating and organising events, either directly or in partnership (symposia, conferences, meetings, seminars, etc.), by giving financial or logistics support, or through the participation of its members (e.g. appearances as keynote speakers or panelists).


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