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:

Resilience Scan

Resilience Scan: July-September 2017

This Resilience Scan summarises writing and debates in the field of resilience during the third quarter of 2017.

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Universal health coverage

Shocks, stresses and universal health coverage

This report looks at how drivers of risk, such as climate change, negatively impact health and wellbeing and disrupt the desired health and financial benefits of universal health coverage.

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Man in boat fishes in river

LEDS GP Resource guide for NDC finance

This guide presents a curated selection of high quality resources on a range of topics around finance for Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and low emission development strategies (LEDS).

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Climate change, migration and displacement

Climate change, migration and displacement

This report presents an overview of the current evidence base on the complex relationships between climate change and human mobility. 

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crisis modifiers

Crisis modifiers: A solution for a more flexible development-humanitarian system?

Do crisis modifiers enable development actors to act early, address climate and conflict risks, and work coherently alongside humanitarian actors?

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SHANGHAI HONGQIAO SOLAR ROOF INSTALLATION, The Climate Group/Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Budgeting for NDC action – Initial lessons from climate-vulnerable countries

This paper examines the evidence of resourcing NDC policies and actions in four sub-Saharan African countries that are known to be vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

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