Overseas Development Institute (ODI) is an independent think tank with more than 230 staff, including researchers, communicators and specialist support staff. They provide high-quality research, policy advice, consultancy services and tailored training – bridging the gap between research and policy and using innovative communication to mobilise audiences. As a registered charity, ODI is supported by grants and donations from foundations, non-governmental organisations, the private sector, governments, multilateral agencies and academia.
The 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.
ODI does this by locking together high quality applied research, practical policy advice, and policy-focused dissemination and debate.
ODI works with partners in the public and private sectors, in both developing and developed countries.
As major global summits on the Sustainable Development goals, financing development, climate change and the humanitarian architecture shape the future of international development, here's how we'll respond to the challenges ahead.
Five strategic priorities
Eradicating absolute poverty and equalising opportunity
Promoting effective action on climate change and managing resources sustainably
Protecting people threatened by conflict, disasters and insecurity
Building accountable and inclusive institutions
Increasing productivity and creating jobs through transformative growth
A change in focus
The growing focus on global public goods like climate change mitigation, and the decreasing relevance of categories like 'the global south', mean that they will work increasingly on policy in developed countries as well as ‘developing’ countries.
As private investment becomes ever more important in development finance, they will increase our engagement with private sector actors to promote sustainable development and poverty reduction.
They will focus increasingly beyond the ‘aid’ debate, seeking to promote solutions to global development through influencing rules, policies and practice in areas such as tax, trade, migration, climate change and global governance in ways that benefit the poorest people.
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