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Organisations Aiming to Inform Policy

Overseas Development Institute ( ODI )

ODI is an independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues. Its 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. It does this by locking together high quality applied research, practical policy advice, and policy-focused dissemination and debate. They work with partners in the public and private sectors, in both developing and developed countries.

HLSP Institute (Institute for Health Sector Development)

The HLSP Institute aims to inform debate and policy on global health issues and national health systems, in order to reduce inequalities in health.

The Institute assesses new and emerging issues in international health and development practice. It addresses how best to strengthen the national response to HIV and AIDS, both within the health sector and taking account of HIV in other sectors.

The HLSP Institute is part of HLSP: a health consulting and project management company. HLSP works for international agencies, national governments and health authorities.

The HLSP Institute was established to enhance HLSP's capacity to contribute to international debate and influence policy. The Institute was formed when the Institute for Health Sector Development ( IHSD ) was merged with HLSP, in April 2005.

The Institute draws on HLSP experience and expertise in health, HIV and AIDS policy and practice, health systems and aid management. The Institute ensures that this experience is shared and used to maintain the quality of all HLSP's consulting work.

HLSP is part of the Mott MacDonald Group, a worldwide consultancy firm with specialists in education, water, sanitation, infrastructure and the environment operating from an extensive network of offices.


Medact is a global health charity tackling issues at the centre of international policy debates. Led by its health professional membership it undertakes education, research and advocacy on the health implications of conflict, development and environmental change.

UN Research Institute for Social Development

The United Nations Research Institute for Social Development ( UNRISD ) is an autonomous UN agency engaging in multidisciplinary research on the social dimensions of contemporary problems affecting development. Through its research, UNRISD stimulates dialogue and contributes to policy debates on key issues of social development within and outside the United Nations system.

UNRISD was created in 1963 as part of the first United Nations Development Decade. The Decade emphasised a "new approach to development", in which "purely economic indicators of progress were seen to provide only limited insight and might conceal as much as they indicate". UNRISD thus became a pioneer in developing social indicators and broadened the development debate. Since then, the Institute has sought to promote a holistic and multidisciplinary approach to social development by focusing on decision-making processes, often conflicting social forces, and the question of who wins and who loses as economies grow or contract and societies change.

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