About ODI

The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) is the UK's leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues.

Our mission 

Our 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.

We do this by locking together high quality applied research, practical policy advice, and policy-focused dissemination and debate.

We work with partners in the public and private sectors, in both developing and developed countries.

Our values

Independence: ODI’s research, public affairs and policy advice are independent from its funders, and staff are able to challenge donor thinking and policy and the wider development consensus.

High quality: Best practice, innovative approaches and continuous improvement are ensured in research, policy advice and public affairs.

Fairness, diversity and equality: All staff and partners are treated fairly and with respect. ODI employment, disciplines and processes are appropriate for an institute focused on international development.

Working together: There is continuous effort to foster better relationships throughout the organisation.

Transparency and accountability: There is open reporting on the use of public funds, with full communication of our work to our donors, research subjects and partners.

Sustainability: Resources are used in a sustainable way that reflects consciousness of the impact on the environment. The organisation works in a way that is sustainable, backed by commitment to its long-term viability.

Organisational information

ODI is an independent think tank with more than 230 staff, including researchers, communicators and specialist support staff. We provide high-quality research, policy advice, consultancy services and tailored training – bridging the gap between research and policy and using innovative communication to mobilise audiences.

As well as 12 core research programmes, we also host a number of flagship projects and run the ODI Fellowship Scheme.

As a registered charity, ODI is supported by grants and donations from foundations, non-governmental organisations, the private sector, governments, multilateral agencies and academia. You can find the full list of major donors in our Annual Report 2013-2014.

Company name: Overseas Development Institute
Place of registration: England & Wales
Company Number:  00661818
Registered office address: 203 Blackfriars Road, London. SE1 8NJ
Charity Registration Number: 228248