About us

Who we are

DIWA’s mission is to improve lives through innovative research that inspires positive social change.

DIWA is a hub for research on global development. Our large, interdisciplinary network–including a growing number of scholars from low and middle-income countries–identifies and tests innovations designed to reduce poverty and promote development. DIWA researchers use rigorous evaluations, tools from data science, and new measurement technologies to assess the impacts of large-scale social and economic development programs. Through careful matchmaking, competitive grant-making, and research dissemination activities, DIWA ensures that the scientific evidence we produce improves the lives of people living in poverty

DIWA supports activities at all stages of the innovation-research-policy impact cycle

We Identify Research needs

DIWA works with public, private, and nonprofit partners around the world to identify major problems facing people on the front lines of the fight against poverty for which evidence is scarce.

We generate evidence

Though competitive funding rounds, DIWA enables researchers to test promising ideas in the fields, collecting outcome data directly from poor households, small businesses, and communities. We pride ourselves in developing and using innovative tools and methods to bring the most credible and rigorous evidence available to policy-makers.

We improve the quality of evidence

DIWA stives to transform the way evidence is generated, and the way policy is practiced, by promoting high standards for research transparency and reproducibility and promoting the use of cutting-edge measurement tools and methods.

We facilitate policy impact

Ultimately, DIWA stives to influence policy through our work. Central to tis effort is our "Global Networks" program, which builds durable connections between researchers and policymakers in low-income regions. We further encourage close collaboration with decision-makers throughout the research process to maximize buy-in and ultimate policy impact.

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