IDEAs is a non-profit organization. It aims at

* Fostering collaboration among Italian economists dealing with development economics at both national and international level, stimulating theoretical and empirical research and the analysis of development policies, and encouraging the training of its members;

* Disseminating information on research, surveys, publications and events on development issues in both the academic context and in the dialogue with policy-makers;

* Promoting inter-institutional cooperation both within the country and with foreign and international institutions;

* Promoting the results of Italian research on development issues both at the national and international level, through specific scientific meetings and conferences;

* Participating in international scientific meetings and conferences which are important for the activity of the Association.