The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) is the UK's leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
The second Humanitarian Policy Group annual lecture will be delivered by Jérôme Oberreit, the Secretary General of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), who will discuss MSF's experience of operating in Syria and the Central African Republic
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Community policing is a way of involving communities in their own security. This case study examines the unique perspective of Ethiopia's Amhara National Regional State.
In this month's podcast we explore the relationship between poverty and disasters, assess the place of development in UK politics and ask what we know for sure about structural transformation in low-income countries.
The Millennium Development Goals have focused global priorities for over a decade, but how can we accelerate progress in the remaining two years? ODI’s Development Progress asked a range of experts their opinion, and Susan Nicolai notes the headlines.
Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium presented survey findings from Nepal and DRC on access to services, livelihoods and social protection and what people think of governance actors, while Disasters looks at the role of evidence in humanitarian crises from papers presented at the last WCHS.