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

A man tends to his farm in Kapchorwa, Uganda. Photo: Kate Holt/AusAID

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.

Climate and Energy

Woman with solar panel, India. Photo © Abbie Trayler-Smith/ Panos Pictures / Department for International Development

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.


2030 Hive Mind game table at the Global Festival of Ideas for Sustainable Development. Photo: Global Festival of Ideas/photothek/Inga Kjer

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

Development Strategy and Finance illustration

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).

Growth, Poverty and Inequality

Indigenous women in Colombia. Credit: ACDI VOCA / David Osorio

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

Rohingya refugees in Malaysia - A grandfather stands in his doorway.  Photo: The Spacemen

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

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

Politics and Governance

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

Public Finance and Institutions

Territorial Administrator of Lukolela, Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo: Ollivier Girard/CIFOR

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).

Research and Policy in Development

How to influence policy. Credit: RAPID

Dedicated to improving the use of research-evidence and local knowledge in decision-making, we work with researchers, donors, governments and civil society to develop capacity for policy-influence and evidence-informed policy-making.

Risk and Resilience

A man receives warning about the return of rains in the Somali Region of Ethiopia. Photo: Edwina Stevens/Small World Stories

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.

Social Development

Two Ethiopian girls' hands with jewellery. Photo: David Walker, ODI

Exploring the role of social norms and relationships in maintaining the cycle of poverty and exclusion.

Water Policy

Girls fetching water in Matahara. Photo: Aziz Ahmed

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.