Our Community

Delegates at the RDI Conference 2019 at La Trobe University

The RDI Network is made up of individuals who share an interest in research for impact in international development. Our community includes NGO staff, academics, consultants, policy makers, students and more. Get involved today to make a difference.

The fact that the network exists and enables a research-policy debate in the Australian development community is highly valuable. If you think of the network as a ‘knowledge system’, it has strong legitimacy through diversity of members, credibility through the quality outputs they produce, and salience given the critical need for evidence based development practice. The network’s impact has been on enabling this knowledge system to expand in Australia and provide a forum for development researchers and practitioners to come together.

How to Get Involved: 

  • Follow us on Twitter, or LinkedIn
  • Sign up to RDI Network’s monthly newsletter. This is strictly a monthly newsletter, and no other spam
  • Become a Member on our website and have access to a personal library and database of experts. In fact, why join as an expert yourself!
  • Join as an RDI Network Steering Group member. A great way to lead and collaborate, Steering Group members support the RDI Network’s numerous projects by providing guidance, advice, skills-sharing, and cross-sector collaboration
  • Nominate yourself for a position as an RDI Network Committee Member. Our Committee is 14-members strong, meet 4-6 times a year, and are a diverse bunch representing various NGOs and Universities across Australia

To express your interest in becoming a Steering Group member or RDI Committee member, please contact us. 

Why Get Involved:
As a Network, we represent our model of cross-sector collaboration. Our mission is: More than the sum of the parts: bringing together enquiry, evidence, practice, policy and people, to strengthen development outcomes. 

All community members are invited to get involved in the Network’s activities. Being involved in with the Network offers:

  • a unique opportunity to lead, collaborate and engage with fellow peers
  • contribution to areas of joint interest to  influence dialogue across the sector
  • an opportunity sharpen skills, learn new skills and build a wider network across development organisations and institutions
  • a tangible ‘impact’ outcome and/or product from your skills, knowledge and expertise

You can find a summary of our current program theory of change here [PDF] and details of our activities and initiatives for 2020-21 here [PDF].

Meet some of our Members:
Get to know our community – check out our monthly interviews with our members and experts.

Sharing and learning is vital for both the research and practitioner aspects of development work. Both avenues bring valuable strengths to the table. The RDI Network provides this table. Research informs development practice and movements in development practices directs the need for research. It is a learning circle and everyone benefits.