Vision of IDEA

“To provide means where all dimensions of deprivations and destitutions have been overcome for a dignified life.”

Mission of IDEA

“To promote the efficiency and effectiveness of socio-economic development projects in India through an innovative network of policy advocacy, knowledge sharing, capacity-building, research and exchange of expertise.”

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Project Designing

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Blooming India: Strengthening Social Policies

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Handbook on Proposal Drafting and Project Management in Development Sector:

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This handbook is an invaluable storehouse of knowledge for anybody who intends to embark upon the journey in the development sector. The guidebook provides inputs to appreciate the spectrum of national and international development organizations. It walks you through the process of drafting a project proposal in a step-by-step manner. It also educates about the different stipulations of procurement by various national and international agencies. The manual educates the readers about multiple project analysis tools for proposal drafting and project management. The guidebook is a unique resource in providing prudence to manage a development project pragmatically. This handbook is the nectar of the first-hand experience acquired over decades of work. Lucid presentation of the contents with a plethora of real examples and case studies enables the reader to imbibe inputs effortlessly.

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Areas We Engage In

IDEA offers a wide range of academic solutions to make individuals better informed and equipped. Have a look at our services as enlisted below!

Certificate Course on Drafting of Project Proposals

Certificate Course on Research Methodologies and Paper Writing

Project Implementation

Research Internship Programme

Academic Counselling



Here’s what our Fellow Professionals and Interns have to say about us….

“A thorough professional with a lot of passion for development areas, especially livelihoods, micro finance and rural development.”

Mr. H.R. Dave

Former Deputy Managing Director, NABARD

“I recommend Rakesh Malhotra for his work on livelihoods and governance.”

Mr. Rajeev Singh Thakur

IAS, Govt. of India, New Delhi

“I have known Dr. Rakesh Malhotra for the last 30 years. He has a professional outlook and is an excellent team player. He is a research oriented person and has a sound understanding of Rural and Agri Sectors. I appreciate his intellect, efficiency and analytical skills.”

Mr. Krishan Jindal

Consultant-Rural Credit, Micro finance, Livelihood and Agri-Growth

“I had the opportunity to work as an intern under Rakesh sir. Rakesh sir is a dedicated individual and a person of great integrity, who has had a long experience in community mobilisation and capacity building. Sir is a visionary who takes everyone along throughout the process. I always felt lucky to have been associated and learnt from a personality with such a great experience who is yet so humble, kind and down to earth. It will be a great moment for anyone who could get a chance to work along with sir.”

Mr. Sarvesh Chaturvedi

Management Associate at Satin Creditcare Network Limited

“He is always open to explore and experiment new things. Though I was an intern but I always had the ownership towards my project and a sense of belongingness for the organisation. Basically, this is what is required in the long run and I am privileged to be a student of Dr. Malhotra.”

Ms​. ​Ankita Pawar

SDMIMD, Mysore

“He is an amazing teacher, an incredible motivator, and a fantastic guide. I have developed great skills and had a valuable hands on experience in drafting development projects for the government. To put it in a few words, work experience under him has been one of the most memorable days I could count on.”

Mr. Nihal Chaitanya

Research Associate, IDEA

Rakesh Sir makes it a point that each one of his interns leaves with the knowledge and work experience they had signed up for. He is systematic in his work and aims at inculcating the same attitude in his interns/disciples. His guidance is pragmatic, patient and thorough.

Ms. Namrata Chandorkar

ILS Law College, Pune

“I had the privilege of serving as an intern under Rakesh sir. I feel lucky to have had the chance to have him as my first boss and mentor. Sir is extremely passionate about developmental causes and has many years of experience and knowledge to share for those working with him.”

Ms. Chetna Chaturvedi


“Rakesh Sir guided me throughout my course of internship with his brainstorming sessions on policy making and taught me how government organisations work on ground level. The amount of efforts he puts into enhancing the skills of his interns is commendable.”

Ms. Nandini Singh

Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi

“I wish to thank you for providing me with this opportunity of being a part of the wonderful UNDP family. I wish to thank you for helping and guiding me at every step of my academic and professional learnings. The journey has become a memorable one for me. You not only supported, but also put in concerted efforts in making us learn the various life skills.”

Ms. Narayani Gupta

RGPV, Bhopal

“I found Dr. Malhotra to be a thorough professional ever willing to shoulder responsibility and deliver output of high quality within given timelines.”

Mr. C.S. Ranjan

IAS, Addl. Chief Secretary, RD&PR, Government of Rajasthan

“I extend our deep appreciation for all the hard work put in by your team under your very able leadership.”

Ms. Prema Gera

Head, Poverty Unit, UNDP, India

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Snapshots of Project Mera Bills

Snapshots of Field Visit undertaken by
Research Interns of IDEA to Jaipur

Snapshots of Field Visit undertaken by
Research Interns of IDEA to Dhar, Madhya Pradesh