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Overseas Development Institute

The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) is the UK’s leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues.


The development of our five strategic priorities is a response to an era of unprecedented change. The need for a comprehensive understanding of the challenges of global development and the options for response has never been greater. Our strategic priorities aim to focus the response of ODI and are not intended to encompass all our work – we are continually innovating and responding to demand and an ever-changing context.
In all our work we aim to:

  • Ensure quality and guarantee reliability in the way we interpret evidence to develop policy solutions
  • Take account of the gender dimensions of development issues
  • Engage with policy processes and disseminate the results of our work to the right audiences. We do this by stimulating demand, improving evidence and building coalitions for change.

High-quality research is one step in a broad process that aims to influence policy in favour of the world’s poorest people. Our five priorities are underpinned by a strong focus on results, quality and cross-team working and communication.

Our Projects

Our mission is to inspire and inform policy and practice which lead to the reduction of poverty, the alleviation of suffering and the achievement of sustainable livelihoods in developing countries. We do this by locking together high quality applied research, practical policy advice, and policy-focused dissemination and debate. We work with partners in the public and private sectors, in both developing and developed countries. We work across a wide range of sectors that have a direct impact on the well-being of the poorest people in developing countries including:

  • Agricultural Development and Policy
  • Centre for Aid and Public Expenditure
  • Climate and Environment
  • Communications
  • Development Progress
  • Growth, Poverty and Inequality
  • Humanitarian Policy Group
  • International Economic Development Group
  • Politics and Governance
  • Private Sector and Markets
  • Research and Policy in Development
  • Social Development
  • Social Protection
  • Water Policy

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