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A look at some key moments 2015-2016

The data revolution: finding the missing millions

Our report argued that good quality, accessible, timely data are needed to help governments to extend services to 350 million people around the world who are missed from standard household surveys.

The data gap in global development

Financing the future flagship report

We calculated the cost of a new global social contract – education, healthcare and social protection for all – and launched it at an event in New York with the Swedish Secretary of State for International Development Cooperation.

The rising cost of a healthy diet

This report examined the connection between the rising cost of fresh fruit and vegetables and the growing numbers of obese and overweight people. On Twitter, celebrity chef and campaigner Jamie Oliver used the report to call for a ‘Food Revolution’.

In conversation with Julia Gillard

Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard discussed the challenges of delivering on the promise of education for all with ODI’s Executive Director Kevin Watkins.

Economic transformation

Leading economist and Harvard Professor, Dani Rodrik, delivered a keynote address on the future of economic transformation in developing countries.

Rt. Hon. Justine Greening MP

In her first speech following the UK general election, Secretary of State for International Development the Rt. Hon. Justine Greening MP outlined her priorities for DFID and the UK Government in 2015 and beyond.

Justine Greening: keynote speech

After Ebola

We published a report on strengthening health systems after Ebola, with a panel debate including the High Commissioner of Sierra Leone.

Financing for Development (Addis Ababa)

Our work before and during the Addis Ababa Financing for Development Summit resulted in its Action Agenda including two of ODI’s key proposals.

World Humanitarian Day

On the eve of World Humanitarian Day, we asked leading humanitarians why they became involved in humanitarian aid work.

Tales from the humanitarian frontline

From SDG ambition to action

Ahead of the UN General Assembly, we hosted a reception to reflect on what had been achieved in the MDG era. At an event during the General Assembly, we launched Projecting progress: reaching the SDGs by 2030. Speakers included Amina Mohammed, the UN Secretary General’s Special Advisor on Post-2015.

Humanitarian cash transfers

The High-level Panel on Humanitarian Cash Transfers ran from January to September 2015. The ODI published the panel’s final report, Doing cash differently: how cash transfers can transform humanitarian aid, at an event featuring David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee.

10 things you should know about cash transfers

10 international development priorities for the UK

This briefing was launched at a reception in the House of Commons, which featured remarks by Conservative, Labour and SNP MPs, and Dr Grace Bantebya-Kyomuhendo, Ugandan advocate for gender equality.


Professor Hans Rosling launched ODI’s #DataDay with an interactive lecture on global demographic trends and the prospects for development progress.

The data lecture: Hans Rosling

Fossil fuel production subsidies flagship

Empty promises: G20 subsidies to oil, gas and coal production revealed the true scale of fossil fuel production subsidies in the G20 countries.

Fossil fuel subsidies: G20 spends billions to push us closer to climate disaster

The 2015 CAPE conference

The Liberian and Ethiopian planning ministers and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown headlined Bricks and dollars, the 2015 CAPE conference on the importance of infrastructure investment for growth.

2015 CAPE conference: bricks and dollars

GAGE (Gender and Adolescence)

Launched GAGE (Gender and Adolescence: Global Evidence), a major nine-year DFID-funded project aiming to help adolescent girls maximise their capabilities and shape their own futures.

UN Climate Summit

At the Climate Summit in Paris, we provided analytical support to climate-finance negotiators and helped organise the Development and Climate days, which explored ways towards the goal of ‘zero poverty, zero emissions’.

Europe in the world

Neven Mimica, European Commissioner for International Cooperation, led our debate on how Europe can contribute to creating a safer world.

Europe in the world: promoting peace and security

Global migration: from crisis to opportunity

Peter Sutherland – UN Special Representative on Migration – spoke on what needs to happen to turn the challenge of global migration from a ‘crisis’ into an opportunity for all.

Global migration: from crisis to opportunity

Women and power

The synthesis of two years’ research on women’s voice and leadership in decision-making in developing countries. It analysed the factors that help and hinder women’s access to influence in decision-making processes in politics and society.


Speakers, including Helle Thorning-Schmidt, former Danish Prime Minister, and Nancy Baraza, former Kenyan Deputy Chief Justice, discussed how to overcome the barriers to women and girls achieving their potential. ODI launched a flagship report, Women’s work: mothers, children and the global childcare crisis, which revealed the hidden global crisis in childcare needs.