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Rural Development Institute (RDI)

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Mission: The Rural Development Institute (RDI) is an international nonprofit organization working to secure land rights for the world’s poorest people, those 3.4 billion rural people who live on less than $2 a day.  For over 40 years, RDI has partnered with over 45 developing countries to bring land rights to the poor in a peaceful, fair and democratic manner.  To date, RDI has helped provide secure land rights to more than 400 million of the world’s poorest people.

Results: RDI has helped over 400 million people in over 47 countries. (over 120 million families)

Target demographics: The world's poorest families, those 3.4 billion people living on less than $2 a day, most of whom live in rural areas and make their living from agriculture.

Geographic areas served: Global

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Rating: 5

It is amazing to find a nonprofit doing such incredible work (nominated for the Nobel Prize!!!) but that doesn't promote themselves. They just do good work. They have worked in over 40 countries and helped over a hundred million families. Wow.



Rating: 5

RDI is one of the most leveraged nonprofits of our time. The simple fact that every $1 invested helps six families is incredible. As the world focuses on the link between poverty and stability, land issues will grow ever more important.