Our History

Our story so far

​EDI Global was first established in 2002, on the shores of Lake Victoria, in Bukoba, Tanzania. Since then EDI Global has grown to be a globally respected research house, known for its high emphasis on quality and rigorous techniques.

Over the years we have been involved in many impact evaluations of important government and donor programmes including use of randomised control trials, and conducted survey methodology experiments, longitudinal studies, student testing, biomedical data collection, and water-testing. Our high-quality data have become the preferred building blocks of policy analysts developing suitable policies and strategies to assist with poverty reduction.

Since 2002, our Tanzania team have templated over 90 large-scale surveys which have taken us to every district and region of the country. We have offices in Bukoba and Dar es Salaam. Recently we have implemented a social protection survey with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNCIEF) and an education survey with Georgetown University.  In 2007 our UK office was established and this forms the basis of our Research Team who are experts in the design, implementation, and management of research and data collection projects. Since 2016, In Uganda, we have been growing our portfolio of clients and projects. As of 2021, we are working with the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Bank in Uganda. In 2019 EDI Global became an independent operating subsidiary of Mathematica Inc, after working together to implement research and data collection projects in Tanzania.

Local Expertise – International Product

Despite EDI’s growth and expansion, we still wanted to keep the headquarters of our survey and research operations in Bukoba where we employ upwards of 150 local staff, providing great career opportunities, and make sure we remain at the heart of rural Africa and keep a focus on what really matters in the local context.