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The Centre for Democratising Information (CDI) is a NPO based in South Africa, seeking to address information shortages on middle- and lower-end economic segments to stimulate more inclusive and especially more self-directed development.
CDI sets out to challenge conventional thinking around poverty, welfare, sustainable business and development by designing, testing and implementing unique research and distributing the findings in a combination of free and paid-for platforms.
CDI ‘s core activities are devising, commissioning and distributing innovative insights from research projects that reflect the integrated / holistic realities of people’s lives - their hopes, fears, capabilities and constraints. In essence these insights become available to the communities who participate in this project as well as to the companies, social enterprises, NGOs, SMEs, institutional bodies and governments that serve and or influence them.
Crucially, CDI and its partners set up transferable community-based systems that allow local people to participate and share their lives with the world.
At its core, CDI seeks to: