Overseas Development Institute

Overseas Development Institute
Abbreviation ODI
Motto 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
Formation 1960
Type Think Tank
Headquarters 111 Westminster Bridge Road London SE1 7JD
Location London, United Kingdom
Director Alison Evans
Website http://www.odi.org.uk

The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) is one of the leading independent think tanks on international development and humanitarian issues. Based in London, its 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." It does this by "locking together high-quality applied research, practical policy advice, and policy-focused dissemination and debate."[1]

ODI began life in small premises in Regent's Park, central London, and operated a library devoted to international development issues as well as performing consultancy work and contracts with the Department for International Development (then known as the Overseas Development Agency) of the UK government.[2] Since then it has moved several times, and is currently on Westminster Bridge Road.[3] Unlike its counterpart, the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at Sussex University, it does not engage in teaching. The current Director is Dr Alison Evans, formerly of the IDS.[4]

In July 2007, ODI was named 'Think Tank of the Year 2007' by Public Affairs News magazine. It was previously named 'Think-tank to Watch' in the Prospect (magazine) 'Think-tank of the Year' awards, 2005.

It celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2010, with guests including former ODI Fellow and current UK Business Secretary, Vince Cable.[5][6]

ODI has published many books, papers and briefings, and two leading academic journals, Development Policy Review and Disasters.

It has had a Partnership Programme Arrangement with the UK's Department for International Development(DFID) since 2004.[7]


Organisation and Departments

ODI has many different programmes that focus on various aspects of international development.[8] These are:

  • Business and Development
  • Centre for Aid and Public Expenditure (CAPE)
  • Climate Change, Environment and Forests
  • Communications (for dispersal of ODI events and publications)
  • Growth, Poverty and Inequality
  • Investment and Growth
  • Humanitarian Policy Group
  • Politics and Governance
  • Protected Livelihoods & Agricultural Growth

ODI Event Series

ODI hosts a regular Events series, with conferences/panels discussing a wide range of development issues. Speakers include ODI Staff,[9] visiting development policymakers,[10] DFID officials and other prominent figures such as Justin Yifu Lin, the current World Bank Chief Economist.[11]

Fellowship scheme

The Overseas Development Institute also runs a fellowship scheme, which sends young postgraduate economists to work in the public sectors of developing countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific on two-year contracts. This has been running since 1963, has worked in over 30 countries, with over 850 economists going on into careers in development and other sectors. Participants were initially known as Overseas Development Institute Nuffield Fellows (ODINs) before later titled as ODI Fellows.[12][13]

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