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

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Key topics

Conflict and violence

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

Leave no one behind

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


Migration and refugees

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

Jobs and livelihoods

Our research and analysis covers the most critical global issues around jobs, livelihoods, and the future of work.