The French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD), is an internationally recognized multidisciplinary organization working primarily in partnership with Mediterranean and inter-tropical countries. IRD is a French public establishment under the joint authority of the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development. Via its network and presence in fifty or so countries, it takes an original approach to research, expertise, training and knowledge-sharing, to the benefit of countries and regions that make science and innovation key drivers in their development. LEDa Research unit, DIAL team (Development, Institutions and Globalisation): LEDa, which includes the DIAL team, is a research unit sponsored by IRD and co-sponsored by University Paris Dauphine. LEDa/DIAL covers a broad array of development economics and international economics issues. Research is generally applied, drawing on primary data collected by original surveys designed by lab researchers in liaison with national statistics institutes. Research is designed to respond to the concerns of policymakers addressing social, economic and cultural issues in African, Asian and South American countries. Researchers in LEDa produce internationally renowned scientific work, provide academic courses of excellence in several countries and conduct surveys in developing countries, thanks to the existing partnerships and locations abroad, for instance in Senegal and in Madagascar. LEDa is one of the main Social Sciences research units in France in the field of Development Economics.