IFMR LEAD is a non-profit research organization conducting high-quality scalable action research and outreach in development economics and finance. They are dedicated to leveraging evidence-based research to further economic and financial development of poor people living in India and other low-to-middle income countries.

Their vision is to foster improved financial access, better legal and physical infrastructure, and targeted social services for individuals, households, and enterprises, to help them attain their socio-economic aspirations. To achieve these broad goals, IFMR has three research centres: Centre for Microfinance (CMF), Centre for Development Finance (CDF), and Small Enterprise Finance Centre (SEFC). Their ecosystem also hosts research conducted by the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and CLEAR, South Asia.