What We Do


Empowering Rural Communities for Sustainable Development

Development Intelligence Unit (DIU) seeks to create impact on the policy issues that matter most to our world, it will specialize in evidence-based insights that create impact for governments and nonprofits. Uniquely, DIU will combine the depth of a facts tank, think tank with implementation presence in rural communities and public programmes. Endeavour is to become the trusted voice for the influential stakeholders in public policy and Incorporate case studies or examples to demonstrate the value and effectiveness of our work.

It will expertise to develop data-driven solutions to public policy challenges, contribute to create compelling stories, based on robust evidence, expert insights and data analysis. Providing data, research and tools to engage and amplify, in order to gain a voice, spark conversation and help shape the future. In order to provide high quality data across a wide range of developmental topics, DIU will house a vast online database consisting of cross-sectoral information for all levels including national, state, district, sub-district and villages. Such a colossal online database will provide the users with the flexibility to undertake analysis across themes, at different granularities and for different points of time. This would involve extraction and transformation of datasets available in the public domain and to integrate datasets from different sources into one consolidated relational database which can be used to fetch data for the users of DIU.

The online database will be the backbone of DIU which will help fill in gaps in available fact bases and develop and test hypotheses. DIU is thus envisaged to analyze the sector and provide analytics around rural trends and create a clear picture of a sector landscape. DIU will thus provide basic and advanced rural analytics including geo-referencing and spatial analytics. Further to this, DIU will help in development of proprietary products including a portal of knowledge documents like Amenities Atlas.

It is also envisaged that DIU will work hand in hand with our NGOs and teams in creating solutions by providing rapid access to customized research, analytics expertise, diagnostics and benchmarking. Over time, further support units can be added to DIU including providing syndicated research to media houses, creating sector reports, building from other macro data sources and downstream data from field work areas.

The DIU Interface

The DIU interface comprises of the following key components:


In the analytics component, maps/charts/graphs/infographics will be added on contemporary developmental issues. These visualizations will be supported by a 500-word narrative around the subject. Articles published in Village-Square will be replicated here and links of articles published in the analytics component of DIU will also be made available at the village square site. All analytics and articles will be archived by theme and date of publication and made available for reference in a panel on the Analytics page.



This is the place on the website where a user can customize visualizations. Powered by the online database at the back-end, the Visualize feature provides the user to:

Once the user selects an indicator and the granularity of visualization, DIU provides visualizations based on the selected kind of visualization which can be either a color coded map with colors representing intensity of the indicator or a bar chart that compares the value of the indicator across states or districts within a state. If the user selects trend analysis, then visualizations will be presented to show line charts showcasing the trend of the indicator over time for the selected geography.


DIU will undertake basic and advanced analysis around a thematic issues and present a holistic viewpoint around an issue which will help create a clear picture of a sector landscape. It is envisaged that the perspectives showcased under DIU would be of 2000-3000 words in length and would be developed at a monthly frequency. Similar to the analytics section.

Data Library:

With the vision of being a one-stop solution for all development related datasets, DIU will house a data library which will provide users access to freely accessible public datasets at one place. For the purpose, the freely available datasets are identified from a number of public data sources and cataloged by theme, sub-theme, year, source, published by, granularity etc. The URLs for these datasets will be consistently curated and updated. The curation of sources of data will make it easier for a user to search for specific datasets of interest. Upon tracing the required dataset, a user will be directed to the online source of the data and in case of digitized data, will be allowed to download the desired datasets in Excel, CSV and XML formats. The USP of the data library is ease of access combined with freely available datasets across a number of developmental themes.


  • Graphic analysis on contemporary developmental issues
  • Supprted by a 500-word narrative
  • cross-posting on Village square


  • Customized fora user
  • Based on criteria selected
  • Across indicators, granularities, and types


  • Advanced analysis around a thematic issues
  • 2000-3000 words
  • Generated mothly
  • Cross-posting on Village Square

Data Library

  • One-stop solution for all development related datasests
  • Freely accessible public databases
  • consistently & regularly curated