Centre For Development Alternatives (CFDA), a well-known
academic research Centre in India, started working in 1999. It has acquired
credibility as a serious research centre in Development Studies in a short
span of its life. The mission of CFDA is to work for promoting human centered
development by exploring and communicating alternatives through research,
dialogues, seminars and publications, and by undertaking policy advocacy
as well as supporting efforts of like minded institutions.
India and in the world have experienced rapid changes during the last
several decades. The term "development" has acquired now importance
as well as multiple interpretations. Alternative development paradigms
and strategies are discussed passionately at home and abroad. New problems
and challenges have emerged and they have no clear answers. A need was
therefore felt for setting up a Centre for promoting debates and dialogues
as well as systematic research in critical areas related to multifarious
issues in development.
Keeping in mind this need, CFDA was set up in 1999 under the chairmanship
of Padma Bhushan Prof. M.L.Dantawala, National Professor and former Director
of Department of Economics, University of Bombay, Mumbai.