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Overseas Development Institute

United Kingdom


The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) is a leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues. Our mission is to inspire and inform policy and practice which lead to the reduction of poverty, the alleviation of suffering and the achievement of sustainable livelihoods in developing countries.
We do this by locking together high quality applied research, practical policy advice, and policy-focused dissemination and debate.

ODI's Risk and Resilience Programme delivers high quality research, analysis and policy advice on the distribution of risk, impacts of climate, weather extremes and other hazards on development, and the political economy of resilience strategies.

  • ODI's policy advice and outreach has supported governments, donors, and practitioners across the world to improve the uptake of risk management and resilience-building approaches. In addition to bespoke advice and projects ODI have achieved this through our role in major networks including the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN).
  • ODI have played (and continue to play) a critical role in promoting adaptation and resilience in post-2015 disaster, climate and development agreements, including shaping the outcomes of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and World Humanitarian Summit.
  • We are well known for our strong track record in knowledge dissemination, partnering, and acting as intermediaries between climate scientists, social scientists and decision-makers, including in our role as the Knowledge Manager for the BRACED programme (Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters) and as the lead institute for PRISE programme (Pathways to Resilience in Semi-arid Economies).
  • We also provide regular synthesis, insights and analysis which deepen and broaden knowledge of resilience across sectors and disciplines, including leading the ongoing Resilience Scan initiative.

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