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:

Photo: © Asian Development Bank

Adaptation Gap Report 2016

This report focuses on finance, technology and knowledge gaps in climate change adaptation and ways to address them. It also explores the implications of failing to limit global carbon emissions.

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ODI Resilience Scan Jul-Sep 2016 cover

ODI Resilience Scan Jul-Sep 2016

This scan summarises writing and debates in the field of resilience during the third quarter of 2016, focusing primarily on the context of developing countries.

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Mass displacement and the challenge for urban resilience working paper cover. Photo credit: Andrew McConnell/IRC/Panos Pictures

Mass displacement and urban resilience

People displaced by conflict and disasters increasingly end up in urban areas. This Working Paper assesses the impact of mass displacement on the wellbeing of all urban residents.

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Climate information and services in BRACED countries

This paper summarises and assesses existing weather and climate information for BRACED programme countries, including existing climate services and problems in the use of the available information.

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Food in an uncertain future

This report sets out the risks to food security in the Middle East and North Africa from climate change, and how these vulnerabilities interact with other key trends and sources of risk.

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Resilience Scan: April-June 2016

This scan summarises writing and debates in the field of resilience during the second quarter of 2016, focusing primarily on the context of developing countries.

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