About us

Development Initiatives (DI) is an independent international development organisation that focuses on the role of data in driving poverty eradication and sustainable development.

Our vision

Our vision is a world without poverty that invests in human security and where everyone shares the benefits of opportunity and growth. 

Our mission

Our mission is to ensure that decisions about the allocation of finance and resources result in an end to poverty, increase the resilience of the world’s most vulnerable people, and ensure no one is left behind. We work to make sure these decisions are underpinned by good quality, transparent data and evidence on poverty and resources, and lead to increased accountability and sustainable long-term outcomes.

Our work

Since Development Initiatives began in 1993 our expertise and passions have been rooted in the role data can play. We are focussed on getting better data on poverty and vulnerability so we know where need is greatest and whether efforts are working. We are dedicated to improving information about resources so that they can be targeted effectively. And we want to help others use data to improve decision-making and drive better results.

Read our organisational strategy 2016-2020 to find out about DI and the work we do.

Our brand and values

Our brand reflects who we are, how we work and the values we hold. It brings to life the importance we place on being collaborative, optimistic and transparent, as well as representing our forward-looking, innovative and agile approach.

You can read our brand book to find out more.

Our history

Since DI was established in 1993, our partnerships across the world have enabled us to expand from a small organisation in south-west England to a staff of over 70 people, working in Brazil, Nepal, Kenya, Uganda, the UK and the USA.

Read more about where we’ve come from to get to where we are today.

How we are funded

Our work is made possible by private foundations – including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Omidyar Network – and national governments – including Canada, the Netherlands, Sweden and the UK. See more on our finances and funding.