About ODI

The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) is a leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues.
Yusuf and his father learning together

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 work

As well as 14 core research programmes, we also host a number of flagship projects and run the ODI Fellowship Scheme. Read more in our Annual Report 2016-2017.

This map shows some of the highlights from our work in 2015-2016.


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 a registered charity, ODI is supported by grants and donations from foundations, non-governmental organisations, the private sector, governments, multilateral agencies and academia. Download the full list of funders.

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

Our values


Our work is independent from our funders. Staff are able to challenge donor thinking and policy and the wider development consensus.

High quality

We ensure best practice, innovative approaches and continuous improvement in our research, policy advice and public affairs.

Fairness, diversity and equality

We treat all staff and partners fairly and with respect.

Working together

We continuously try to foster better relationships throughout the organisation. We believe that by working together in a supportive environment, we will achieve more and have greater impact.

Transparency and accountability

We report openly on our use of public funds, and fully communicate our work to our donors, research subjects and partners.


We use resources in a sustainable way, conscious of our impact on the environment.