IDI, founded in 2012, is an international non-profit organization, based in North Carolina, that works to improve the lives of local communities and grassroots organizations by exposing human rights violations and corporate exploitation that these groups face vis-a-vis development projects, particularly those funded by international financial institutions. It primarily collaborates with individuals and organizations in Africa and Southeast Asia.

IDI’s main activities include research, legal casework, and policy advocacy. It collaborates with local communities and grassroots organizations impacted by unfair development practices and assists them in protecting their natural resources, land, and human rights from harmful investment projects. In terms of research, IDI follows the money and assists community and local groups to expose the investment and supply chains behind nefarious projects.

While IDI does not employ a corporate capture analysis per se, it does conduct strategic corporate research. IDI launched Following the Money to Justice in 2016 to uncover and expose the companies who profit from human rights violations and environmental destruction. This is a free-of-charge service that prioritizes requests from the sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia regions.

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