Our work

ODI promotes global progress and prosperity by focusing on improving the lives of the world's poorest people. Explore our major research themes, programmes and partnerships.


Our research and policy work covers a wide range of development and humanitarian issues.

Where we work

Explore our research on particular countries and regions.

Key topics


Brexit illustration

Analysing the impact of Britain’s split from the European Union – particularly on developing and emerging economies.

Conflict and violence

Taiz, Salah district. A man is observing the damage caused by the clashes. ICRC/Khalid Al-Saeed

Enhancing understanding of the threats facing communities in protracted crises, and the implications of violent insecurity for civilian protection. 

Leave no one behind

Smiling Girls

Ensuring that the Sustainable Development Goals ‘leave no one behind’ by 2030 – and to reach those who are furthest behind first.


Migration and refugees

Eritrean refugee Sham Alem, 17, paints scenes inspired by official warnings and by the stories of people he knows. Photo: Gabriel Pecot

Challenging established thinking on how to manage global migration and protect people affected by displacement.