We are currently recruiting for committee roles and research officers!
Every year a new committee runs Cambridge Development Initiative. This provides an unparalleled opportunity for students to oversee an entire organisation and manage a team of over 30 volunteers while implementing hands-on, community-based development projects. The CDI founders and the Board of Trustees support the student committee to ensure that the committee is equipped with the advice and skills to run the organisation successfully. The predecessor in each position is also available for advice and support throughout the year.
The committee is supported by volunteers and research officers. No matter the project, research is a critical part of all CDI activities and the first step of any project pipeline. We need to ensure that our projects are targeting the most pertinent problems, that our efforts are informed, and that our solutions are sustainable. The research team seeks to assist our ‘on-the-ground’ work by identifying opportunities and facilitating the long-term conceptualization of projects.
See what the Executive Committee 2017/18 had to say:
Volunteer With Us
Each year, approximately 30 volunteers from the University of Cambridge, and 30 volunteers from Dar es Salaam’s universities, are recruited to work full time on our four projects. They undergo a comprehensive training programme and meet weekly to plan collaboratively for the implementation of the projects.
Then, at the end of the university year, CDI runs a two-month programme in Dar es Salaam, from mid-July to mid-September. During this period, the CDI project teams carry out an immersive mixture of project implementation, key partner meetings, government engagement and impact evaluation.
Volunteer applications will open later in the academic year. If you would like to learn more about CDI’s work, or how you could be involved in the future, please email us or follow us on social media:
We are always looking to forge more partnerships, and collaborate with NGOs and other organisations striving to bring about impactful and innovative change. If you would like to discuss possible opportunities with us, please get in contact via:
CDI is a not-for-profit organisation, and we therefore rely heavily upon grants and donations. If you are interested in financially supporting or partnering with us, then please see our Donate pageor email us for more information: