Catalyzing Peace
in Development

Driving innovation, strengthening
communities and leaders, and pursuing
excellence in implementation


DT Institute is both a funder and an implementer of peace and development projects focused on co-creation and co-investment, as well as measurable impact and sustainability.

Highlighted Projects


Independent Media Work

DTI currently works in many countries to strengthen media institutions’ systems, practices and behaviors to produce high-quality news that sustain healthy information ecosystems. We work collaboratively with media outlets, journalists, civil society, and the public including the creation and deployment of innovative technology. DTI designs and implements whole-of-society and sectoral approaches to combat propaganda and disinformation including the COVID19 infodemic of mis and disinformation occurring in closed societies. DTI also provides strategic communications to support social and political initiatives.

Middle East

Peace Process Support

DTI’s current programming includes capacity building and support for various peace processes in the Middle East. We provide direct technical support and subject matter expertise, as well as foster negotiations and collaborations in coordination with governmental, quasi-governmental, and multilateral authorities.


Global Water Challenge

Over the past decade, the Government of Ethiopia tried several times to develop an inventory of rural water services for SDG monitoring. Despite these efforts, the government struggled with systems that can’t be updated, low-quality data, and limited ability to turn data into insights. DTI is partnering with Global Water Challenge to bring its proven approach of the Water Point Data Exchange (WPDx) to help the Government of Ethiopia harmonize diverse datasets and transform that data into accurate estimates of basic water coverage across the country to track SDG progress. This project will provide all stakeholders with the most comprehensive dataset ever compiled, the ability to easily and routinely update data, and the tools needed to use the data in estimating SDG progress at a sub-national level.


Preventing Reprisals & Mitigating Violence in Iraq (PRMV)

PRMV is an anti-retribution program in Iraq. This project focuses on providing interventions to reduce retributive attacks in Iraqi neighborhoods that were recently liberated from ISIS, specifically in Anbar, Diyala, and Ninewa. For the next two years, DTI will work with media firms to utilize the arts in conjunction with social and news media, prioritizing women and youth with broad social media networks, to create a multiplier effect and catalyze grassroots advocacy on key themes surrounding retribution.

Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador

Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos

Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH) seeks to transform orphaned, abandoned and disadvantaged children’s lives in Latin America and the Caribbean by providing safe, healthy and loving homes, healthcare and educational opportunities. DTI supports a range of leadership development initiatives that target Pequeños in their critical late-teen/early adult years. These programs seek to complement NPH’s other basic services by building the skills and providing the experiences that youth need to break the cycle of poverty and reach their full potential in life after NPH.


A New Model
for Development

DT Institute is first and foremost a peace and development organization. Everything we do—from funding and executing programs to generating knowledge and insights—is driven by our commitment to improving the human condition. It is in our DNA to be bold: we relentlessly create, iterate, and measure our ability to drive innovation; we strengthen communities, develop the next generation of leaders, and positively impact the lives of those we serve.

We are a part of the DT Global Family, a network including a for-profit company, non-profit organization, and a charitable trust, all united behind one mission: to leverage our resources to achieve greater impact and improve as many lives as possible. 

We are pioneering a new way of doing business – starting with a unique structure where GPD Charitable Trust is the principal owner of a for-profit consulting entity, DT Global. DT Global then channels the majority of fees received from contracts back into its sister non-profit, DT Institute, to support initiatives that test new ideas or expand on donor partner priorities. Together, the DT Global family has the unique ability to augment existing donor-funded programs through matching grants and provide modern solutions to program financing.

DT Institute

A non-profit specializing in international development assistance, catalytic philanthropy, and applied research globally.

GPD Charitable Trust

GPD supports collaborative initiatives championing civic engagement, thought leadership, and the development of transformation leaders capable of making a difference in their communities.

DT Global

International development consultancy and thought leader. Offering technical assistance and on-the-ground support in more than 90 countries.

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