The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) is the UK's leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues.
Our new strategic plan is now live. It sets out the five main areas in which ODI will seek to make a difference, from the 'global to the local', in the coming three years.
After a period of silence, human rights are once again at the centre of debates around development. ODI's Marta Foresti voices her misgivings in a blog for The Independent.
Why is the world's poorest region paying the world's highest money transfer fees? ODI opened up this debate last week and is now following up with African central banks and finance ministries, as well as UK and US regulators, to bring about change.
Corruption is the hot topic among middle-class Indians going to the polls. But does it have the same traction among rural voters? ODI's William Avis blogs for Development Progress on political voice.
ODI and Comic Relief brought together key people from the world of banking, money transfers and politics (UK and African) for an event on the huge cost to Sub-Saharan Africa of high money transfer fees. Read the story of the event.
And how far can they address broader goals of equity, social justice and empowerment? Researchers from around the world discuss evidence from the field.
What's the real value of private giving, who are the current funders and do they hold the answer to future humanitarian financing? Join us as we weigh up the benefits in comparison to other sources of funding.
ODI's John Borton led the evaluation of the humanitarian response to the Rwandan genocide. What changes have occurred as a result? His blog for the Humanitarian Practice Network investigates.
Sovereign bonds are being used to fund big projects in sub-Saharan Africa. But they risk plunging nations into austerity.
Is irregular access to electricity a failure of government? The poor of Nepal certainly think so. Richard Mallet investigates how regular blackouts are hurting the country's small business owners.
From donor politics to bureaucratic constraints, long-term change in SJR is difficult. But can work on the margins be done more effectively?
That politics is crucial to good development is well established. But the jump from thinking politically to working politically is a whole other challenge, akin to learning a new language, argues ODI expert Alina Rocha Menocal.
Climate change has the potential to reduce and reverse progress on extreme poverty, warns our report. When the international community comes together in 2015, they must acknowledge one thing – tackling climate change IS development.
Are we right to worry that crop-made fuel will affect access to food in developing countries? Evidence suggests more important factors are at play.
What are the challenges for international journalists covering elections? And is social media a help or a hinderance? Four experts came together last week to discuss these issues and more.
Last year, for the first time ever, UK aid reached 0.7 of national income.
It's an achievement few rich countries have ever matched, and one that puts 'Britain in a leadership position over the greatest challenge facing humanity', says ODI Executive Director Kevin Watkins. He was interviewed on BBC Newsnight to discuss UK aid.
How are people making their voice heard around their world, and driving change? Alina Rocha Menocal introduces a blog series on political voice, how it is heard and how it can be effective.
How can we make better decisions about climate change and more? The answer is Flexible and Forward-looking Decision Making (FFDM), argues new research from ACCRA.
Why have developments in laws and policies on protection of civilians not always translated into improved protection on the ground? Ashley Jackson examines the protection gap in armed conflicts.
'The question wasn’t asked, "What do people need, what’s going to be sustainable?" It was, "We have a lot of money to burn."' ODI expert Ashley Jackson quoted on wasteful spending in Afghanistan. Will it get worse now the troops are leaving?
'The messages are serious, but if we act now we can avoid the worst' said ODI's Tom Mitchell, discussing this landmark report on BBC Daily Politics.
$30 billion per year – just seven percent of what the US pays in annual global fossil fuel subsidies – can accelerate the transition to green and sustainable growth in developing countries, says a new report by the International Resource Panel (IRP).
We cannot measure women's economic empowerment by income alone. There are other ways to evaluate progress, argues a new report from ODI Social Development.
Perceptions of the police are improving due to community policing, as an ODI case study and a video produced by the Asia Foundation make clear.
Malnutrition remains a huge problem in the post-conflict state. A new report asks whether the response from government and the international community is fit for purpose.
And in a new blog post, SLRC Director Paul Harvey calls for a different approach to the crisis.
When the troops leave, Afghanistan's small businesses face an uncertain future. ODI Social Protection expert Richard Mallett examines their plight and what foreign aid donors can do to better support livelihoods in rapidly changing economies.
The more data we collect on social norms the more we know about life chances. Our report looks at how we can use that data to measure the progress of women and girls globally.