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FERDI is a think tank which was created in 2003. Its primary, research-based purpose, is to influence the international discussion on major development issues.


Independent and not-for-profit, FERDI mobilizes high-level researchers in the field of international development and offers relevant and innovative thinking on the key issues in development economics.
FERDI is particularly active on issues related to development effectiveness, sustainable development, and global governance.



FERDI, the Foundation for Studies and Research on International Development was created in 2003 at the initiative of CERDI, the Center for Studies and Research on International Development. CERDI is the leading French research institution in development issues and remains a key scientific partner of FERDI. Patrick Guillaumont is the founder and President of FERDI.

FERDI is located in Clermont-Ferrand with offices in Paris, Ouagadougou, and Washington.

In 2018, FERDI created a Sahel Chair in Ouagadougou to provide a detailed local analysis of the situation in the Sahel.