About us

Mission & Vision


To be a leading Institute for innovative research, training and advocacy in development and governance


To provide expertise and advocacy on interconnections between local and international development  and governance processes

Why we are here

Conduct research on issues pertaining to local, national, regional and international development processes and policies from an independent and non-partisan perspective,

Explore the relationships between culture, development and governance processes and policies at local, national, regional and international levels,

Pursue innovative research strategies that support rights-based development and democratic governance,

Disseminate and use research for educational, advocacy and lobbying activities,

Conduct training and undertake consultancy in the fields of national, regional and international development and governance,

Develop and strengthen partnerships with organizations that pursue similar research and training in local, national, regional and international development and governance and

Fundraise for projects and programmes undertaken to fulfill the objects of the Trust.

Meet the founding team

David Kaulem​

Ph D., Philosopher, Lecturer, Arrupe Jesuit University, Harare. His main interests are in Culture and Values in Institutions; Developmental Anthropology

Medicine Masiiwa​

Ph D., Economist, formerly Consultant to SADC and AU. Dr. Masiiwa’s interests relate to Trade and Industrialization; Migration.

Rekopantswe Mate​

Ph D., Sociologist, Senior Lecturer, University of Zimbabwe. Dr. Mate’s research interests revolve around Youth in Society and Development

Lloyd Sachikonye​

Ph D., Political Economist, Dept of Governance and Public Management, University of Zimbabwe. Prof. Sachikonye has research interests in Governance and Development. He is also the IDI Coordinator.

Jabusile Shumba​

Ph D., Development Economist, Public Policy and Governance Specialist. He has interests in economic transformation, public policy making, politics of development as well as development aid.

Easther Chigumira​

Ph D., Political Ecologist and Climate Change specialist, former Senior Lecturer, University of Zimbabwe. She has research interests in Natural Resource Governance and Climate Change