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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.
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.
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
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
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