We are a Global Network of Development Professionals and Social Scientists.

Think-tank for solution exchange
Applied Research.
Innovation and ICT4D
Bridge between governments, development agencies and local projects.

Our Mission, embedded in our founding constitution, is eradication of poverty in all its forms, through Collaborative Interventions, Action Research, Policy Advocacy, Capacity Building and use of Innovative Technology.

About us

“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.

we’ve been
working on

Our work is collaborative in nature and involves Research for Development, Capacity Development and use of technology to empower other NGOs, local governments and beneficiaries to enhance their skillsets.

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.

HIV/AIDS Awareness

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.

Cultural integration

Work with tourism ministry and community based organizations to promote local culture, preserve ancient monuments and natural wonders.

Bodhi Soul

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.

Kota Tua Project

Kota Tua is a Research and Development Project aimed at preservign the historical and cultural heritage of Jakarta’s old city area, the Kota Tua (Visit: www.kotatuaproject.com. Reach the project lead Hugo Leo

our initiatives

We are a self funded organization, your donation of USD 25 and above, goes a long way in sustaining our projects.

Donate with paypal

If you do not have a Paypal Account or a Credit Card you can wire the payment directly to:
Account name: Yayasan The Development CAFE
A./c Number: 0573627267
A/c currency: USD
Bank Name: Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI)
Branch: Renon, Denpasar Bali

the team

The Development CAFE team is diverse, international and multicultural.

Global Governing Board

Rev. Dr Bavanirajan Joseph

Board Member

Internal Auditor, Arcot Lutheran Church and Research Fellow ICDR, Chennai. , 

Dr Pierre Fallavier

Board Member

Chief of Evaluation for UNICEF South Sudan.

Dr Devanathan Parthasarathy

Board Member

Head, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay

Valentine Gandhi


Senior Researcher, evaluator ICT4D expert.

Dr Beatrice S. Salasya

Board Secretary

Head of Impact Evaluation at KALRA, Kenya

Dr Felistus Makine

Board Member

Deputy General Director at Kenya Agricultural Research Institute

Indonesia Governing Board

Ida Bagus Wibatsya

General Manager

Renewal Energy Sources, CHEVRON

Dr Sangayu Ketut Laksemi Nilotama

Professor of Sustainable Design and Architecture

Tri Sakti University

Ida Ayu Cintya Yamaswari

M&E Coordinator

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

Want to join our Team? We always have
inspiring opportunities to join.

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(US) +1 805 4811 854