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A leading global affairs think tank

We inspire people to act on injustice and inequality. We focus on research, convening and influencing, to generate ideas that matter for people and planet.

Who we are

ODI is an independent, global affairs think tank. We work to inspire people to act on injustice and inequality. Through research, convening and influencing, we generate ideas that matter for people and planet.

What we do

We lead thinking and agendas to deliver transformational change and bring about a global sense of resilient, just and equitable prosperity.

How we do it

We deliver high-quality, internationally recognised research that informs policy design and convenes leadership across the global challenges identified above. We are a free thinking, inclusive and trusted think tank with a global footprint.

ODI Strategy 2021–25

Find out how ODI will evolve to make the focus on equity, inclusive growth, social justice and sustainability even more central to what we do.

Read our strategy

Our values


We have the courage to take an independent perspective. We are not afraid to challenge the status quo. We are agile and prepared for change. We speak out against injustice and unacceptable behaviour.


We are passionate about our mission and purpose. We are truly international, working in partnership to tackle issues of global and local concern. We strive for excellence and to be the best at what we do. We aim to be a positive influence for change.


We are experts in our field. We are socially and culturally aware. We ensure high quality analysis and evidence that is robust. We facilitate the transformation of ideas to policy.


We act in accordance with our Codes of Conduct. We are zealous in our safeguarding & ethical research practices. We abide by our written rules on business ethics. We believe in transparency, openness, honesty, fairness and integrity in everything we do.

Gender and ethnicity pay gap statements

Read annual reviews of our gender and ethnicity pay gaps, featuring actions we are taking to eliminate this in the coming years.

Why work with us?

We are independent and trusted: established in 1960, ODI is non-partisan, non-profit and evidence-driven. Our independence is the cornerstone of our credibility. It allows us to develop fresh ideas, challenge orthodoxies and take the risks we need to succeed.

ODI exists to have real impact for those who need it most. This is at the centre of our thinking about what to do, where to go and how we measure our success.

Organisational and financial information

ODI is an independent think tank with more than 220 staff, including researchers, communicators and specialist support staff.

ODI operates through two separate legal entities, ODI and ODI Sales Limited. The audited financial accounts of both companies can be found on our funding page.

As a registered charity, ODI is supported by grants and donations from foundations, non-governmental organisations, the private sector, governments, multilateral agencies and academia. The full list of funders can also be found on our funding page.


Company name: ODI
Company number: 00661818
Charity registration number: 228248 
Place of registration: England & Wales
Registered office address: 203 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 8NJ

ODI Global Advisory

ODI Global Advisory is a wholly owned subsidiary of ODI and it engages in activities to earn income for ODI and also to further the mission of ODI. ODI Global Advisory donates all of its profits to ODI.

Company name: ODI Global Advisory
Company number: 7157505
Place of registration: England & Wales
Registered office address: 203 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 8NJ