We are a Global Network of Development Professionals and Social Scientists.
Our Mission, embedded in our founding constitution, is poverty eradication through Collaborative interventions, Action Research, Policy Advocacy, Capacity Building and use of Technology.
“Before coworking spaces, there were coffee houses…”
In 16th century, English coffee houses were inspiring places where philosophers and scientists gathered to discuss life, growth, progress, arts, science and ideas.
CAFE was modelled on the same concept.
Valentine Gandhi creates “The Development CAFE” Yahoo group to function as a virtual coworking space for development professionals.
Evolution into a think tank “The Development CAFE” with members form 143 countries. One of the first global network of development professionals.
Registered as an NGO in Nairobi, Kenya
Commences research, ICT4D and development projects in Kenya and Zambia. Organizes virtual cafés for solution exchange.
Launch of multiple projects including Sociology Network, ICT Support, Livelihood Strategies open source platform. The Development Review Journal and E DEV – Online learning platform.
Indonesia Branch opens with registration as a Non profit foundation and begins Drones 4 Development and Bodhi Soul Initiatives and other projects.
Indonesia Country Program
Indonesia country program was founded on April 2017 specifically meet the growing needs of South East Asian region, particularly in the field of Research, Education and Technical support for local community organizations and to improve rural livelihoods. Our main office in Indonesia is located in the historical town of Klungkung Bali with satellite offices in Ubud, Bali and Jakarta. Our initiatives in South East Asia are:
Drones 4 Development (Drones4D)
A Training and Consultancy service using drones for precision farming, mapping, town planning and conservation.
Empowerment through Art
A prisoners’ art exhibition project, aimed at empowerment of prison inmates through hosting of exhibitions, workshops on art and painting.
In partnership with local NGOs, provide HIV/AIDS awareness, trainings, and referral services.
Anti Drug Use Campaign
In partnership with Local NGOs and networks, promote awareness on effects of drug use, empowerment workshops for ex drug users and employability training.
Skill development project
Provide training for local youth on skill development, on etiquette, English language, Communication Skills, Social Media training, Employability training and need based vocational training.
Work with tourism ministry and community based organizations to promote local culture, preserve ancient monuments and natural wonders.
Retreat program for Development professionals around the world that involves, elements of Yoga, Management training and life skills coaching to have a work life balance and transformative experience.
We are a self funded organization, your donation of USD 25 and above, goes a long way in sustaining our projects.
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A./c Number: 0573627267
A/c currency: USD
Bank Name: Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI)
Branch: Renon, Denpasar Bali
SWIFT Code: BNINIDJARNN
The Development CAFE team is diverse, international and multicultural.
Global Governing Board
Rev. Dr Bavanirajan Joseph
Internal Auditor, Arcot Lutheran Church and Research Fellow ICDR, Chennai. ,
Dr Pierre Fallavier
Chief of Evaluation for UNICEF South Sudan.
Dr Devanathan Parthasarathy
Head, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay
Senior Researcher, evaluator ICT4D expert.
Dr Beatrice S. Salasya
Head of Impact Evaluation at KALRA, Kenya
Dr Felistus Makine
Deputy General Director at Kenya Agricultural Research Institute
Indonesia Governing Board
Ida Bagus Wibatsya
Renewal Energy Sources, CHEVRON
Dr Sangayu Ketut Laksemi Nilotama
Professor of Sustainable Design and Architecture
Tri Sakti University
Ida Ayu Cintya Yamaswari
KOMPAK – Governance for Growth Project of DFAT/AusAID
Ida Ayu Gayatri
Sustainable Tourism Expert
Ida Bagus Basudewa
Our team also includes
- Volunteers, moderators and members of our think-tank from 143 countries
- Dedicated researchers
- ICT Experts
- Project officers