Cambridge Development Initiative (CDI)

Cambridge Development Initiative (CDI)

A new model for university-led development

Address: CUSU, Old Examination Hall, Free School Lane, Cambridge
Postcode: CB2 3RF
Country: United Kingdom
Membership type:Cambridge University Department

CDI is the first student development consultancy. We believe that students' unique contribution to overseas development lies not in building wells or classrooms but in creating franchises and ecosystems that allow ambitious local leaders to take action themselves. Concretely, this means that we build up networks of experts and suppliers, contribute capital through microfinance schemes and provide training in a range of relevant skills. Our volunteers will offer these services to community leaders in the informal settlements of Dar es Salaam.


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Dr. Shailendra Vyakarnam at the Judge Business School

'The Enterpriser' joins the CDI Advisory Board

Dr Shailendra Vyakarnam, the Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (CfEL) at the Judge Business School, has agreed to join the CDI Advisory Board.

17 June 2013Read in full

The Right Honourable Lord Alton of Liverpool

CDI gains distinguished peer and human rights activist as patron

The Right Honourable Lord Alton of Liverpool has agreed to assume the position of honorary patron heading our expanding CDI Advisory Board.

21 May 2013Read in full

'Accelerating Entrepreneurship in Africa' Report

Omidyar Network releases must-read report on entrepreneurship in Africa

Omidyar Network, the philantropic organisation of eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, have released what has to be the most in-depth study of African entrepreneurship to-date.

30 April 2013Read in full

Centre for Community Initiatives Tanzania

Tanzanian grassroots NGO agrees to host CDI in Dar es Salaam

Following talks with Director Tim Ndezi, the Centre for Community Initiatives (CCI) Tanzania has agreed to host the Cambridge Development Initiative in Dar es Salaam.

4 March 2013Read in full