The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) is the UK's leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues.
Aid agencies in Somalia faced an impossible choice between breaking the law or letting people die in 2011, finds a new report. Many ended up paying Al Shabaab money to access parts of Somalia during the famine.
As French troops enter CAR's troubled capital, Britain's African intervention of 2000 could serve as a model to help bring peace.
Emergency preparedness has the potential to be truly transformative, reshaping how the aid system approaches crisis. However, financing is largely nonexistent finds a new ODI report.
As the World Trade Organization's ministerial draws to a close Yurendra Basnett asks whether the deal done in Bali will breathe new life into the Doha Development Agenda.
This event will explore the connection between illicit networks, corrupt politicians, electoral cycles and political competition, and how political financing can be better regulated.
In collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency this event will discuss the results of research which explored links between horizontal inqualities violent conflict in Africa
This event will present findings from the Syria Response Review and will discuss how the experience from agencies can be recorded so that improvements can be made in real time and for future emergencies.
Government budgets are critical to a country’s development. However, there is a wide divergence between theory and practice. These interviews explore this gap from a range of perspectives.
Arriving at a clear set of post-2015 development goals is challenging. Amanda Lendhart recounts views at a recent workshop on the subject – captured for posterity by a live illustrator.
The ODI Fellowship Scheme is now open for applications. This year the scheme is open to people with postgraduate qualifications in statistics as well as economics. Applications close on 17 December.
Any climate deal in 2015 must deliver for the planet and for the poor. This Autumn, ODI has been releasing a series of flagship reports covering major public and policy debates around climate change.
Former Irish President Mary Robinson, IMF Africa Director Antoinette Sayeh and senior ODI researchers feature, discussing climate negotiations, budgeting in developing countries and Typhoon Haiyan.
How can emerging democracies deliver for citizens – despite the messy, complex, and uncertain processes involved in their consolidation? A new ODI Briefing outlines how emerging democracies can be supported in delivering development for their people.
Land transparency has been on the public agenda again since the G8 summit in June this year. Anna Locke investigates transparency and governance in the land sector, asking whether these are two sides of the same coin.
Why is Syria a seemingly impossible environment to operate in? What approaches are working – and what innovative ways of working can be explored? Experts debated these issues and more at a recent ODI event.
As the humanitarian response continues in the Philippines, what lessons can we learn from past disaster responses?
The CAPE Conference explored how governments manage public money and what this means for a country’s development, including keynotes from Antoinette Sayeh and Luisa Diogo.
Many countries continue to pour money into fossil fuel subsidies, with average spending across the richest, high-carbon economies running at $112 per adult.
2.5 billion people live without decent sanitation. This World Toilet Day, Emma Samman and Laura Rodriguez Takeuchi argue that we need to measure progress through multiple lenses to achieve change.
Over 2012-13 the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium conducted a panel survey in five conflict-affected countries to find out people's perceptions of basic services, livelihoods, and their views of governance actors. Were they crazy to do something so ambitious?
Developed countries committed to provide $30 billion 'Fast-Start Finance’ from 2010-2012, the first step to providing climate finance at a scale that matched the urgency of the situation. How did they fare?
Fossil fuel subsidies are creating perverse incentives favouring investment in carbon-intensive energy, argues a new ODI report. It calls for bold action to phase out these subsidies, with rich countries making the deepest and earliest cut.
When it comes to tackling social norms, making change happen is notoriously difficult. These briefings highlight that, despite positive changes, progress remains patchy and slow.
One thing is certain about future development goals: without money, they will remain just words on paper. Development Progress kicks off a blog series on development finance.
'Eliminating fossil-fuel subsidies would be just one small step on the road to a global climate agreement. But it would at least be a step in the right direction.’
Harry Jones answers some straight questions on why complexity matters for development - and what we can do next.
This theme issue of Development Policy Review explores the opportunities and challenges in linking social protection and climate change.