Observer Research Foundation

Observer Research Foundation

Observer Research Foundation: Building Partnerships for a Global India

Observer Research Foundation (ORF) is a not-for-profit, multidisciplinary public policy think tank engaged in developing and discussing policy alternatives on a wide-range of issues of national and international significance. Some of ORF's key areas of research include international relations, security affairs, politics and governance, resources management and economy and development. The fundamental objective of ORF is to influence formulation of policies for building a strong and prosperous India in a globalised world.

ORF pursues these goals by providing informed and productive inputs, in-depth research and stimulating discussions. Set up in the early 1990s during the troubled period of India’s transition from a protected economy to its new engagement with the international economic order, ORF examines critical policy problems facing the country and helps develop coherent policy responses in a rapidly changing global environment.

As an independent think tank, ORF develops and publishes informed and viable inputs for policymakers in the Government and for the political and business leadership of the country. It maintains a range of informal contacts with politicians, policymakers, civil servants, business leaders and the media, in India, and abroad. ORF publications are distributed widely to government officials and legislators, business leaders, journalists, and academics.

ORF’s principal research divisions are: the ORF Centre for International Relations, the ORF Institute of Security Studies, the ORF Centre for Economy and Development, the ORF Centre for Resources Management, and the ORF Centre for Politics and Governance. Headquartered in New Delhi, ORF has chapters in Chennai, Mumbai and an upcoming centre in Kolkatta. More information about the Foundation is available at its website.

Post Archive

22 July 2016
Samir Saran and Ashok Malik set out the need for a sustainable and inclusive pan-Asian governance platform. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the global political and…
09 September 2015
Amidst a global crack-down on foreign non-governmental organisations, Vivan Sharan highlights the challenges of India's prohibitive Foreign Contribution Regulation Act. The…
28 July 2015
Vivan Sharan explores how donors’ commitments to local ownership often play out in practice during ‘development assistance’ projects. A few years back I was…
06 July 2015
Vivan Sharan comments on the importance (or rather the lack thereof) of the Greek Crisis for India. The week that was will be forever etched in European history but will have…
23 June 2015
Vivan Sharan highlights the relevance of the International Day of Yoga in India's soft power projection. Today the world will awaken to the ‘International Day of Yoga…
12 June 2015
Given the emergent need for regulating new, technologically intensive sectors such as ecommerce, a case can be made for reimagining regulations in the days ahead, says Vivan…
02 June 2015
BRICS would do well to create enabling domestic ecosystems for cross border investments into telecommunication networks and differentiated banking systems such as mobile payments…
06 May 2015
Vivan Sharan argues that globally standardisation has already moved into systems rather than product areas. Historically, the thrust of Indian standards has been on manufacturing…
23 March 2015
Global Policy is pleased to announce the release of a joint publication with the Observer Research Foundation; ‘Eradicating TB in India: Challenges, Perspectives and…
14 January 2015
Samir Saran and Bruce Jones argue that the US must not seek to draw up the carbon drawbridge as it seeks to engage India. A Unique Dilemma Climate change has become the major…
06 December 2014
Global Policy introduces a new issue brief from the Observer Research Foundation exploring ways to assure the internet is not run by and for the affluent. As the internet has…
26 November 2014
Samir Saran and Vivan Sharan offer advice for those wishing to avoid a collapse of negotiations at the COP 20 in Lima. The Conference of Parties (COP 20) of the United Nations…
08 October 2014
Samir Saran and Will Poff-Webster unpick India’s climate change strategy. For the Council of Councils Sixth Regional ConferenceSeptember 28-30, 2014Centre for International…
30 September 2014
The Observer Research Foundation’s Mahima Kaul unpacks India’s approach to internet global governance. Governments around the world seem to be straddling the dichotomy…
25 March 2014
In the recent Israel-Hamas spat, who won? If the outcome inflates Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s support base for the January 22 elections, the mini war would have been…