About Us

Development International e.V. (DI) is a not-for-profit organization specialized in areas where law, business and development intersect.  

DI's point of departure is to bring independent scientific scrutiny, clarity, and accuracy to bear on issues with an empirical deficit, thus enabling constructive discussions.

We also develop and implement evidence-based intervention strategies and solutions to achieve sustainable development outcomes, and we build capacity to transfer knowledge and competencies to other stakeholders along the process.


The professional experience of our team is broad and cross-cutting: from child survival to HIV/AIDS prevention and care, from conflict minerals to GIS.

DI is based in Germany but internationally active. DI's affiliates allow us to build bridges of awareness, insight and a common future.


Core Competencies

Survey Research

  • We conduct scientifically rigorous research, e.g. population-based surveys and bespoke studies, applying qualitative and/or quantitative methods.


Cost-benefit Modeling

  • We model the projected cost of proposed legal instruments.


Compliance Assessments

  • Whether of an individual company or cross-sector, DI evaluates compliance with regulations.


Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)

  • Whether on a project, program, sector or industry basis, we offer bespoke M&E solutions and services.

Capacity Building

  • We build capacity of organizations and governments through targeted workshops and continuing education.

Policy Development

  • We develop evidence-based policy through bespoke research, at the national and supranational levels.


Our Principles 

  1. Our independence and impartiality allow us to remain objective.

  2. Our scientific rigor ensures our work is accurate.

  3. Our circumspection allows for a nuanced perspective.

  4. We only have one reputation.


Our Team 

Jesse Hudson, J.D.                   Jasper Trautsch, PhD               Jiahua (Java) Xu, PhD               William Bertrand, PhD

Chris Bayer, PhD                      Julie Hernandez, PhD                  Juan Ibañez, LL.M.                   Shipeng Chen, MD, MPH


Our Clients (current / past clients of DI team members)

public sector

private / non-profit

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