“The best politeia is that arrangement according to which anyone whatsoever might do best and live a flourishing life” - Aristotle (“Politics”).
Development continues to be largely perceived and pursued in economic and physical infrastructural terms.
Even in such terms, a select few have been the primary definers, drivers and beneficiaries - the "subjects" - of development. Others have had to be content being occasional beneficiaries - the "objects" - of development under a patron-client relationship and a top-down framework of governance. Even in such terms, development has been exclusive to some, elusive for many.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the epidemic of exclusion in countries like India. However, the ongoing crisis also offers an opportunity to reimagine and "rebuild differently and better", to quote United Nations Secretary General António Guterres (bit.ly/3dEtLUC).
IDF seeks to reimagine development with a central focus on human agency and flourishing. It seeks to highlight the centrality of inclusive development as a prerequisite for inclusive, sustainable and faster economic growth as well as a justification for the 'social contract' between citizens, communities and their representatives.