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Shaping policy for development

An overview of Lagoro IDP camp in Kitgum District, northern Uganda, 20 May 2007. Manoocher Deghati/IRIN

Our strategic priorities

ODI’s strategic priorities are the five main areas in which we aim to make a difference. They help to focus work across ODI and with our partners in the pursuit of common goals, and they serve as a key tool to help us track the impact of our work.

The development of our five strategic priorities is a response to an era of unprecedented change. The need for a comprehensive understanding of the challenges of global development and the options for response has never been greater. Our strategic priorities aim to focus the response of ODI and are not intended to encompass all our work – we are continually innovating and responding to demand and an ever-changing context.
In all our work we aim to:

  • ensure quality and guarantee reliability in the way we interpret evidence to develop policy solutions
  • take account of the gender dimensions of development issues
  • engage with policy processes and disseminate the results of our work to the right audiences. We do this by stimulating demand, improving evidence and building coalitions for change.

High-quality research is one step in a broad process that aims to influence policy in favour of the world’s poorest people. Our five priorities are underpinned by a strong focus on results, quality and cross-team working and communication.