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The Business for Development Institute (BDI) is our response to the world’s most urgent economic and social problems.


We believe that business can and should be a force for good. We intend to tackle global issues head-on: we are uniquely placed to provide trusted insights and real-world expertise.

Through our teaching and immersive experiences we’re inspiring and empowering the next generation of leaders to make their own positive impact.

We know collaboration is vital to success. By bringing together leaders from business, academia, the voluntary sector and policymaking, we will identify tangible solutions with the potential to be scaled up.

Together we can transform lives.

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How entrepreneurship transforms lives

Ben Laurance

By some estimates, half of the world's poor make a living as micro-entrepreneurs in developing countries.

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About the Business for Development Institute

The Business for Development Institute launched in 2017 to illuminate and help solve the pressing global issues that impede development. We are committed to bringing about positive change though sharing and applying business expertise. We will bring our joint research and experience to bear on the challenges faced by some of the world’s most underprivileged communities – from poverty to illiteracy, disease to pollution.

Contact us

To learn more about the Institute contact:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7000 8627
Email: BDI@london.edu

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