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Global Development Institute

Sugar farm in Africa

Research impact

We’re proud that our research contributes to the development of policy and directly influences the strategies, practices and priorities of a range of public and private organisations.

For example, our research helped Cadbury convert its range of chocolate bars to Fairtrade. In Bangladesh the UNDP and the Bangladesh government enlisted our support to reform and reorganise the country’s social protection systems. And in collaboration with the University of Zimbabwe, our reports on poverty and well-being impacted national policy and budget allocations for reform.

The results of the most recent Research Excellence Framework ranked GDI first for impact ranking in Development Studies in the UK, with many of our researchers deemed to be 'world leading'.

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