About HDRI

The Human Development Research Initiative (HDRI) is a youth-led think tank dedicated to policy research and facilitating debate in the field of human development. Through independent, rigorous, and ethical work, we aim to be a hub generating new policy ideas to advance social change.

Our values are inclusivity, integrity, and innovation, and our mission is to advance human development and justice throughout the world by means of policy research and advocacy, while also giving students a platform to engage in policymaking and gain professional experience in the policy arena.


HDRI was founded in 2016 by eight Sciences Po graduate students as a platform to reimagine development towards a more inclusive, just, and sustainable society. Today HDRI aims to educate and create conversations through events and research around five core topics related to current development issues:


Our ambition is to generate ideas and knowledge to inform policymaking processes, create open spaces for debate and channel intellectual resources for the monitoring and evaluation of public policies.

We aspire to become key actors in the policy arena of international development and to bring about change to advance a fair, joint and sustainable development for all.

Our partners

HDRI is a registered association under French law and gets support from the following entities: