Our innovative research and advisory work addresses how politics and power shape policies, how services are delivered, and how institutions work.

Agricultural Development and Policy

Working to reduce hunger and poverty, and improve the sustainability of rural livelihoods in the face of increasing social, economic and physical shocks and stresses.

Chronic Poverty Advisory Network

Investigating poverty dynamics, specifically why people remain trapped in poverty, escape it, or fall into it, with the aim to improve the effectiveness of policies and programmes at reducing chronic and extreme poverty.

Climate and Energy

Supporting climate compatible development and poverty reduction through high quality research, analysis and debate on adaptation and resilience, climate finance, green growth and natural resource management.


Enhancing the impact of ODI's research on development policy and practice, and ODI’s reputation and image through efficient and effective internal and external communication.

Development Strategy and Finance

Providing cutting-edge, policy-relevant research and advisory support on bilateral and multilateral development agency strategy and finance. (Formerly Centre for Aid and Public Expenditure).

Digital Societies

Digital Societies (formerly RAPID) provides analysis and expertise on issues affecting youth and researches the growing influence of digital technologies and their implications for policy decision-making, monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL).

Growth, Poverty and Inequality

A multi-disciplinary team working on one of the core issues of development policy and practice: how can economic growth and the changes it brings deliver the maximum benefits for poor people? GPIP leads ODI's work on the Sustainable Development Goals.

Humanitarian Policy Group

One of the world's leading teams working on humanitarian issues. We are dedicated to improving humanitarian policy and practice through a combination of high-quality analysis, dialogue and debate.

International Economic Development Group

Aiming to influence events in the international arena that affect development, through high quality innovative research, policy advice and communications in areas relevant to contemporary policy debates.

Politics and Governance

A leading centre for research and policy engagement on political and governance issues in development.

Public Finance and Institutions

Leading research at the global and country level on public financial management and service delivery, the capabilities of finance ministries and adaptive development. (Formerly Centre for Aid and Public Expenditure).

Global Risks and Resilience

Providing research, analysis and policy advice on systemic, inclusive and just approaches to understanding risk and managing uncertainty. We look at the nexus between climate, weather extremes and hazards and other risk drivers, to understand the impact on poverty and development.

Water Policy

Linking high quality research with practical policy advice on water issues with a bearing on poverty, aiming to provoke, contribute to and influence debates on water and sanitation.