ODI is Britain's leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues. 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.
ODI works across a range of international development and humanitarian themes in countries across the globe:
-Business and the private sector
-Childhood and youth
-The global financial crisis
-Governance and politics
-Climate change and the environment
-Conflict and security
-Knowledge and power
-Water and sanitation
ODI Programmes are responsible for delivering on our mission of "locking together high quality applied research, practical policy advice, and policy-focused dissemination and debate."
Business and Development
Focusing on issues which affect the development impact of business, and economic incentives for firms to improve their development impact.
Centre for Aid and Public Expenditure (CAPE)
Shaping and driving the agenda for effective international development assistance and public spending for development at country level.
Climate Change, Environment and Forests
Informing policy change in ways which improve the livelihoods and well-being of the poor, whilst securing the future of global resources.
Enhancing the impact of ODI's research through efficient and effective internal and external communication.
Growth and Equity
Looking at how to close the gap between two key themes in development - poverty and economic growth.
Investment and Growth
Researching what drives growth and investment and how the public sector or donors can actively support growth.
Humanitarian Policy Group
Dedicated to improving humanitarian policy and practice through high-quality analysis, dialogue and debate.
Politics and Governance
A centre for research and policy engagement on political and governance issues in development.
Protected Livelihoods & Agricultural Growth
Supporting effective policies and programmes on agriculture and other issues at the rural-urban interface.
Research and Policy in Development (RAPID)
Improving the use of research and evidence in development policy and practice through research, advice and debate.
Exploring the role of social norms and relationships in maintaining the cycle of poverty and exclusion.
Supporting the design and implementation of effective social protection policy and programming in poor countries.
A specific sector approach to addressing one broad aim of much of ODI's work: how to close the gap between poverty and economic growth.
A centre for research, policy advice and engagement on trade and development.
Linking high quality research with practical policy advice on water issues with a bearing on poverty.