About the Local Development Research Institute

Operational since 2015, Local Development Research Institute (LDRI) is an non-profit action-oriented think tank whose work contributes to the efforts of African governments to end extreme poverty, end hunger and reduce inequalities. With 65% of Africa’s labor force employed in the agriculture sector (which contributes approximately 30% of the continent’s GDP), and the increasing need to achieve food sufficiency for 1.5 billion people by 2020, it is clear that agriculture will be pivotal to achieving these objectives.

LDRI is therefore focused on the role of agricultural transformation in ending hunger, poverty and inequality and the capability of states to have and the use data/statistics in decision-making across different sectors on the continent.

Our strategic objectives for the period 2016 to 2020 are:

  1. Strengthening the Africa data ecosystem for planning, monitoring and review of interventions to drive agricultural transformation in Africa.
  2. Supporting processes for evidence-driven policies in Africa that deliver sustainable development for everyone.
  3. Building capacity of stakeholders to use make their data open and accessible to others.

We have two general focus areas through which we work to realise our key results.

Focus Area 1: Data for Development Practice

Our Data for Development Practice  aims is to support the implementation of evidence informed policies that propel the continent towards sustainable development.  Read more

Focus Area 2: Strengthening statistical development in Africa

The capability of the African data ecosystem to collect and disseminate data on SDGs, Agenda 2063 and other continental declarations is a challenge, which if not properly addressed, poses a clear and present danger to the achievement of the goals. The sheer number of indicators and level of disaggregation required poses an unprecedented challenge for many governments and stakeholders. To ensure we know which indicators have data or do not and in which countries, LDRI conducts multi-year studies on the availability, quality and accessiblity of data and statistics in Africa. Read more