Overseas Development Institute

ODI is an independent think tank with more than 230 staff, including researchers, communicators and specialist support staff. We 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. You can find the full list of funders here.

Our mission 

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.

Our work

As well as 12 core research programmes, we also host a number of flagship projects and run the ODI Fellowship Scheme. Read more in our Annual Report 2015-2016.

This map shows some of the highlights from our work in 2015-2016.

Climate and Environment Programme

ODI’s Climate and Environment programme supports climate compatible development and poverty reduction through high quality research, analysis and debate. Our teams work to:

  • improve the delivery of climate finance so that it serves the needs of poor people
  • maximise the opportunities and minimise the risks of low carbon growth in developing countries
  • increase the effectiveness of adaptation and resilience policies and actions across scales
  • ensure natural resource management (forests, energy, food and water) balances development and climate goals while protecting the poor.

Our research builds upon extensive coverage of climate and development issues, which includes expertise on forestry, energy, water policy, biofuels, trade, resilience and adaptation to change, disaster risk management, low carbon competitiveness and public financial management. Current flagship projects include:

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Adaptation Without Borders

Climate change – and adaptation to it – will occur in a globalized, hyper-connected world. 

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Fact Sheet: The IPCC's Sixth Assessment Report and Central Africa

Discover what the IPCC AR6 says about how Central Africa will be impacted by climate change and its options and potential for adaptation. 

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Fact Sheet: What the IPCC's Sixth Assessment Report means for Southern Africa

This factsheet summarises what the IPCC AR6 says about how Southern Africa will be impacted by climate change and its options and potential for adaptation. 

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The Case for Cash in Responding to Humanitarian Crises in Malawi

Learn about the case of the Social Cash Transfer Scheme in Malawi, which shows how cash transfers can be an effective modality for providing food assistance to crisis-affected populations.

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Climate Models: What They Show Us and How They Can Be Used in Planning

Explore this guide from the Future Climate For Africa programme which provides a primer on global climate models (GCMs) and how to use them in planning.

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Advancing Gender Equality and Climate Action: A Practical Guide to Setting Targets and Monitoring Progress

CDKN, ODI, SNV, CARE and Mercy Corps have launched a new guide to support project managers in developing appropriate gender-related targets and a suitable MEL system to track achievement over time.

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The IPCC’s Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate: What’s in it for Africa?

This publication offers a guide to the IPCC’s Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate, prepared for decision-makers in Africa by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and SouthSouthNorth (SSN). This is not an official IPCC publication.

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