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), widening inequality along gender lines and the increasing need to achieve food sufficiency for 1.5 billion people by 2020, it is clear that agriculture and the protection of women’s rights will be pivotal to achieving these objectives.

LDRI is therefore focused on the role and capacity of public sector institutions to deliver on the continent’s development agenda through multi-sectoral, multi-stakeholder and evidence informed approaches.

Our strategic objectives for the period 2016 to 2020 are:

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

Our Data for Development Practice  aims is to support the implementation of evidence informed policies that contribute to greater availability, use and increased capacities for data with a specific focus on state institutions.  Read more

Focus Area 2: Evidence Informed Decision Making

Our Evidence Informed Decision Making practice is focused on contributing to the efforts of governments and other stakeholders to improve the state of evidence-informed decision making with particular focus on the policy lifecycle. Read more