About Us

The Research for Development Impact (RDI) Network is a network of practitioners, researchers and evaluators working in international development. We believe overcoming poverty and injustice requires effective partnerships that link quality research, policy and practice.

The Network exists to foster collaboration between Australian universities and NGOs in order to promote high quality and ethical development research, translated as evidence and applied to effective policy and practice. Working in close partnership with the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), the Network functions as a key cross-sectoral platform for shared learning and action in the international development sector.

The RDI Network is financially supported by the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).


Network Objectives

The RDI Network fosters collaboration between Australian universities and NGOs for quality research with impact in international development. We do this through the sharing of information and the provision of access to expertise.

The Network exists to lead, stimulate and support:

  • Effective, ethical development research practice
  • Cross-sector partnerships and linkages
  • Uptake and use of evidence in policy and practice

Our community is open to all individuals with an interest in international development and includes researchers, practitioners, students, evaluators, consultants, private sector actors and many more.

To view a summary of the RDI Network’s recent activities and achievements, you can download our annual activity snapshots and program report: