About Us

Located at the University of Michigan, we are an independent, non-profit research and educational organization guided by our founding principle that thriving businesses drive economic development and improve social welfare in low- and middle-income countries.

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With deep expertise across multiple industry sectors and disciplines, we partner with profit-seeking firms and nonprofits to develop and apply proven business practices.

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Harnessing the latest innovations in education, we provide world-class management training opportunities for the global leaders of today and tomorrow.

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Check out our 25 years article series


Check out our article series:
25 Years of Market-based Solutions

Much has changed since WDI was established in 1992, but we continue our commitment to the mission Bill Davidson laid out 25 years ago: “to equip economic decision-makers in…emerging countries with the tools of economic success.” This article series presents an overview of the activities and research that has taken place over the past 25 years in WDI’s market sectors, with an eye toward what we might expect in the future.

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