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As a leading global affairs think tank, we inspire people to act on injustice and inequality.

ODI is an independent think tank with more than 220 staff, including researchers, communicators and specialist support staff. We provide high-quality research, policy advice, consultancy services and tailored training – bridging the gap between research and policy and using innovative communication to mobilise audiences.

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10/02/2022

This participatory high-level global conversation, held in partnership with Irish Aid, hosts leading feminist thinkers, activists, scholars and policy-makers to discuss what can be achieved through supporting women's social movements.

New evidence from ALIGN shows the links between grassroots activism and transformative change, but merely 1% of gender equality funding goes towards this crucial work. Following the Generation Equality Forum in July 2021, where bold financial commitments for gender equality were made, this ODI Global Dialogue explores how to sustain the power of feminist organising.

These series of conversations focus on the role of social movements in overcoming persistent inequality and injustices. The half day event opens with a discussion on what we have learnt about the pivotal role women's social movements play in renegotiating gender norms and advancing gender justice. This will be followed by an interactive dialogue in two parts, where you can join the conversation with expert speakers to help dissect the following questions:

What are the barriers feminist organisers face, and how can social movements overcome them?

What new funding and support models are needed from the international community to sustain effective grassroots activism?

30/11/2021

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Africa’s economic transformation is a critical component to improve Africa’s living standards and an increase in intra-Africa trade through the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area supports transformation on the continent.

The event, organised under the programme Supporting Investment and Trade in Africa (SITA), aims to create a space to present and discuss how the negotiations and implementation of the AfCFTA can contribute to Africa’s economic transformation and better outcomes in key sectors, such as trade, green recovery and digital transformation. During the event, the speakers will consider the practical implications for state governments and development partners, highlighting the support available to those involved in its implementation at national level and the key opportunities ahead.

To find out more about SITA and how the programme contributes to the development goals of African economies and helps African countries negotiate and implement the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), please visit this project page.

30/11/2021

China’s growing presence in the multilateral development banks (MDBs) reflects an understudied aspect of its growing role in development finance, its engagement with developing countries, and its ambitions in global governance. From being the World Bank’s biggest borrower, China is now increasingly positioning itself as a creditor, and developing new strategies to gain greater voice within the MDB space.

This event, the second of our seminar series on multilateral development banks, looks comprehensively across China’s engagement with the MDBs: its role as a financier and creditor in major MDBs, its shareholding in borrower-owned banks, to the creation of the newest MDBs, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the New Development Bank.

The panel of experts from ODI, Boston University Global Development Policy Center, Shanghai Institutes of International Studies and the Center for Global Development will discuss the findings of the recently published report, unpacking the drivers behind these trends and the implications for cooperation and engagement within the MDB space.

18/11/2021

Getting back on track to end extreme poverty in South Asia

16/11/2021

Development finance institutions (DFIs) are expected to play a key role in supporting the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Paris Agreement. Where should DFIs invest to maximise their contribution to these global goals?

Ahead of the launch of the CDC Group’s new five-year strategy next month, ODI and CDC will convene development finance actors both in person and virtually to explore this question. Alongside CDC, we will hear from DFIs and others on the opportunities and challenges in maximising impact.

Timeline photos 11/11/2021

Today the UK government’s vaccine mandate for care home staff takes effect, meaning up to 12% of residential workers, many of whom are migrants, may leave their jobs.
How worried should we be about staff shortages? Very, write Claire Kumar and Helen Dempster
https://buff.ly/3D06FBA

On lorry drivers and a warm welcome 02/10/2021

The UK's focus on 'high skills' while neglecting the aspirations of migrants must end for labour shortages to become a thing of the past, writes Marta Foresti.

On lorry drivers and a warm welcome The UK immigration system must change to address ongoing labour shortages in key sectors of the British economy.

28/09/2021

Just landed: we tracked the CO2 emissions of the world’s biggest airports to uncover the true climate impact of flying. Explore our Airport Tracker with Transport & Environment and The International Council on Clean Transportation.

How does governance reform happen? Lessons from Nigeria 27/09/2021

How does governance reform happen? Join us to hear about lessons from 20 years of UK governance programmes at state-level in Nigeria.

Sign up to our first webinar in a new series with the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, The Policy Practice and PERL.

How does governance reform happen? Lessons from Nigeria A leading global affairs think tank working to inspire people to act on injustice and inequality.

Timeline photos 22/09/2021

We are delighted to announce our key workers data visualization has won the Data Design category in Fast Company's 2021 Innovation by Design Awards!

Designed by Federica Fragapane and Alex Piacentini in collaboration with Marta Foresti (Director ODI Europe), the data visualization highlights the huge contribution of migrant workers to the Covid-19 response from the onset of the pandemic to the present day.

So explore hundreds of stories from across the globe on the role of key workers today: https://buff.ly/3zqXVlh

And learn more about the award
https://buff.ly/3kp66dM

20/09/2021

A sustainable recovery from the pandemic will only succeed if it is genuinely inclusive and supportive of all. Join us Sept 22 with Southern Voice to hear global voices on how we can drive a 'rainbow recovery', which is transformative, green and inclusive. Register for the event here >> https://buff.ly/3EJlt98

A fair share of climate finance: apportioning responsibility for the $100 billion climate finance goal 07/09/2021

The failure of wealthy countries to meet international climate finance commitments threatens to poison COP26 negotiations. Our new research reveals that – aside from Germany, Norway and Sweden – all countries are not paying their fair share of the $100 billion target, with the greatest shortfall coming from the US.

A fair share of climate finance: apportioning responsibility for the $100 billion climate finance goal Nearly all wealthy countries are not paying their fair share of climate finance commitments.

12/08/2021

Happy ! Across the African continent, young people like Namwali are using to innovate. But many face job insecurity & low pay. Find out how governments & investors can support these innovators and the continent's tech revolution 🌍

Timeline photos 09/08/2021

Today's shows the immediate need to act now on , but we have to get the financing right. Here's how central banks can play their part 👉https://buff.ly/3jxnDie

Getting down to the business of 'nature' 04/08/2021

The recently launched Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures can incentivise a shift towards nature-positive investments, but change must be driven from both public and private sectors.

Getting down to the business of 'nature' The recently launched Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) can incentivise the financial sector to shift towards nature-positive investments, but change must be driven from both public and private sectors.

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Unlocking feminist activism: how social movements are building gender justice
Africa’s economic transformation: implementing the AfCFTA
China's role in the multilateral development banks
Getting back on track to end extreme poverty in South Asia
Where can development finance institutions invest to have the most impact?
Airport tracker: aviation emissions uncovered
Macroeconomic policy for a rainbow recovery EXP2
Strengthening youth livelihoods and enterprise innovation in Africa’s digital era
Strengthening youth livelihoods and enterprise innovation in Africa’s digital era
Covid-19 crisis: opportunities and risks for extending social protection to informal workers
Podcast | ODA financing for social protection: lessons from the Covid-19 crisis response
Podcast: have social protection responses to Covid-19 undermined or supported gender equality? ODI Series Ep. 4 | Have s...

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