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Annual Report 2012-2013: meeting global challenges


​We are living through a period of extraordinary change.

Old ideas about development are being overtaken by emerging patterns of globalisation. Changes in demography, human geography and economic growth are throwing up new challenges.

Meanwhile, many of the more familiar challenges remain, including mass poverty in the midst of plenty.

As policy-makers and people around the world struggle to make sense of an increasingly complex environment, think tanks have a critical role to play – and ODI is uniquely well placed to inform and influence the debates that will shape international development over the coming years.

The achievements highlighted in this report reflect our consistent focus on the long-term issues for development and humanitarian action, coupled with an agility that enables us to engage, at speed, with emerging challenges.