Odi Live Events Podcast



Live recordings of the Overseas Development Institute events, covering everything from climate change to migration, gender to the Sustainable Development Goals. Join our global discussion of international development and humanitarian issues here. Find out more about ODI events: www.odi.org/events


  • Leave No One Behind- Moving The Agenda Forward

    Leave No One Behind- Moving The Agenda Forward

    22/01/2021 Duración: 01h30min

    The pledge to ‘leave no one behind’ is a fundamental principle underlying Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals. Its emphasis on prioritising the welfare of the most disadvantaged groups and reducing group-based inequalities has the capacity to bring about transformative change. Yet five years on from signing this pledge, there is little agreement on how to adapt it into actionable policies. Drawing from ODI's upcoming report 'Leave no one behind: five years into Agenda 2030', we examine the core elements of the pledge, how it is affected by Covid-19 and what promising examples of national, regional and international progress are, in turning this pledge into policy. Looking forward, we explore what needs to be done to advance the agenda further.

  • Zoey Roys poem on upholding momentum on the womens rights agenda

    Zoey Roy's poem on upholding momentum on the women's rights agenda

    22/12/2020 Duración: 01min

    Covid-19 has laid bare many of the challenges and faultlines holding us back from the goals set out in the 1995 Beijing Declaration. The rise of populism has presented multiple global challenges for the women’s equality agenda. There are also opportunities to build a ‘new normal’, within which young people are both driving and deeply affected by many of the decisions being made today. Zoey Roy's poem highlights the incredible role of women in society and explores a hopeful future, free of inequalities.

  • Game-changing finance: solutions to meet the Covid crisis

    Game-changing finance: solutions to meet the Covid crisis

    16/12/2020 Duración: 01h04min

    Chair Judith Tyson  – Senior Research Fellow, International Economic Development Group, ODI Speakers Christopher Egerton-Warburton – Co-Chief Executive Officer, Lion's Head Global Partners Nick O’Donohoe – Chief Executive Officer, CDC Group Søren Peter Andreasen – General Manager, Association of European Development Finance Institutions (EDFI) Vera Songwe – Executive Secretary, UN Economic Commission for Africa Description The Covid-19 pandemic is having a crushing effect on private finance for development. This is resulting in a ‘doubling-down’ on the recessionary pressures in Africa and domestic banks experiencing a classic ‘credit crunch’. With international finance sharply reduced, these acute problems add to the existing barriers to mobilising private finance for development. Barriers include, a lack of bankable projects, a lack of management tools for political and macroeconomic risk and processes being mismatched to investor needs. We explore innovations in liquidity provision, infrastructure fina

  • A humanitarian reset: impacts of a historic year

    A humanitarian reset: impacts of a historic year

    08/12/2020 Duración: 01h29min

    Chair Sorcha O'Callaghan – Director of the Humanitarian Policy Group, ODI Speakers Ambassador Reuben E. Brigety – Former United States Ambassador to the African Union and Vice Chancellor of University of the South, Tennessee Nasra A. Ismail – Humanitarian Expert, Somalia Ben Ramalingam – Lead Consultant, Innovation for Development, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Hugo Slim – Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict, Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford Description 2020 has been a momentous year. But will it force a reset, or a rethink, of a humanitarian system highly resistant to change? As the year has worn on, traditional assumptions about crisis, fragility and solidarity have been overturned. Soaring coronavirus death rates and crisis mismanagement in richer countries have called into question traditional assumptions of a ‘competent global North’ and ‘struggling global South’. The civil unrest in the US in the wake of the murd

  • Innovation in Africa-Europe relations beyond Covid-19

    Innovation in Africa-Europe relations beyond Covid-19

    03/12/2020 Duración: 58min

    Chair Marta Foresti – Director of ODI Europe, ODI Opening remarks Sandra Breka – Member of the Board of Management, Robert Bosch Stiftung Speakers Sir Suma Chakrabarti – Chair of the Board, ODI and former President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Obiageli Ezekwesili – Senior Economic Advisor, Africa Economic Development Policy Initiative (AEDPI) and Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow, Robert Bosch Academy Description 2021 will be an important year for Africa-Europe relations. Covid-19 has dealt a severe blow to the continents, both in human and economic terms, and a strong partnership will be key for recovery. This will need to be a partnership of equals, where states as well as businesses, civil societies and local actors must play a role to strengthen cooperation across borders. Stronger cooperation will be key ahead of the high-level African-European Union summit that will determine the future relationship between the two continents. Migration remains a highly contentious issue in A

  • Building bureaucracies that adapt to complexity

    Building bureaucracies that adapt to complexity

    02/12/2020 Duración: 01h16min

    Chair Emma Proud – Head of Learning and Adapting, Brink Speakers Ena Fernandez – OIC Director, Philippines House of Representatives Sam Sharp – Research Officer, ODI Stacey Young – Agency Knowledge Management and Organizational Learning Officer, USAID Toby Lowe – Visiting Professor, Centre for Public Impact Yuen Yuen Ang – Professor, University of Michigan Are bureaucracies today fit for purpose to address what are often complex and multidimensional challenges on housing, education, pandemics, international development and beyond? Public servants and experts alike are increasingly questioning the wisdom of mainstream approaches embodied in new public management, arguing that tackling complex challenges calls for different ways of working. Public organisations need to be able to learn from and adapt to rapidly shifting and uncertain environments, and work iteratively to refine policies. Covid-19 is a prime example: governments have had to rapidly adapt to keep pace with the unpredictable and emergent natur

  • The future of diplomacy: G20 in a Covid era

    The future of diplomacy: G20 in a Covid era

    18/11/2020 Duración: 01h30min

    Among the many failures laid bare by the coronavirus, the failure of ‘club diplomacy’ to adequately respond to the current global pandemic is one of the most damaging to the cause of global prosperity, safety and stability. Held in the run-up to the G20 Summit in Riyadh over November 21-22, we explore several questions with leading scholars and policy makers relating to the future of the G20 as a pre-eminent institution of global governance. We discuss why there has been a failure of the G20 to respond to Covid-19 and whether this derives from broader institutional failures. We also discuss what, if anything, could take the G20’s place and what reforms might allow it to become a more robust platform for global policy-setting. This discussion will consider the G20’s role as a financing coalition for global challenges and whether its consensus-based decision-making procedures represent a fatal flaw. This event is part of the ODI at 60 series, challenging decision-makers to provide more sustainable and equita

  • Digital life and work: future-ready youth

    Digital life and work: future-ready youth

    05/11/2020 Duración: 01h25min

    The Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted lives across the world, highlighting the potential of the digital technologies but also exposing the need for more equitable opportunities for young people to use tech and advance their educational capital and skills for work. With an increasingly connected world ahead, we explore what is needed to help youth be more prepared for life and work. This includes not just the skills needed to amplify youth voices as leaders of tomorrow, but also the skills needed to best prepare young people for an ever-evolving future of work. Bolder, more innovative solutions and collaborations are critical to support youth and should be forged across sectors – government, education stakeholders, tech companies, and future employers – while young voices should be at the heart of these conversations and plans. We build on key youth-focused discussions from the ODI-led Youth and digital technologies in sub-Saharan Africa consultation supported by the Mastercard Foundation’s Youth Forward initi

  • Why Gender Matters To Internal Displacement

    Why Gender Matters To Internal Displacement

    27/10/2020 Duración: 01h30min

    The search for durable solutions is at the heart of policy debates on internal displacement, but gender is still frequently sidelined from those conversations. Displacement affects all aspects of life – security, access to services, housing, social and political engagement – with implications felt in distinctive ways by people of different genders. With the establishment of the High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement and increased focus on humanitarian development efforts, there is renewed focus on durable solutions. However, this will not be possible without understanding and addressing gendered inequalities. Our expert panel explores these issues, challenges assumptions about what internal displacement means for men, women and gender minorities, and addresses how humanitarian actors should respond.

  • Investing in healthcare to save lives

    Investing in healthcare to save lives

    23/10/2020 Duración: 01h15min

    A recent analysis by ODI found that a small share of development finance investment is explicitly directed toward the health sector. However new health sector initiatives from the US Development Finance Corporation (DFC) and the UK’s CDC following the onset of the Covid-19 crisis indicate that this may be changing. In response to the crisis, development finance institutions (DFIs) have supported clients that have traditionally been outside the health sector to refocus their operations in support of the global crisis response. Our research also highlights DFI risk taking and innovative approaches in the health sector; examples which demonstrate the ability of DFIs to mobilise much needed investment into health. The use of pooled investment vehicles, volume guarantees, first loss guarantees and development impact bonds (DIBs), exemplify how DFI investment can act as a catalyst for market development in different areas of health supply chains. We explore how DFI investment could support and complement public s

  • Strengthening disability inclusion in humanitarian action

    Strengthening disability inclusion in humanitarian action

    08/10/2020 Duración: 01h33min

    The past five years have been pivotal for advancing disability inclusion in the humanitarian sector. The World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul in 2016 was a key moment at which it was recognised that while persons with disabilities are disproportionately impacted by conflicts, disasters and other emergencies, they also face barriers to accessing life-saving humanitarian assistance. The Inter-Agency Standing Committee guidelines on the inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action, is the latest in a range of commitments, standards and guidance developed in the wake of the Summit to address these barriers. Despite this progress challenges to effective inclusion remain. Chief among these is acknowledging that persons with disabilities and their organisations are not passive beneficiaries but agents of change, rights holders and key actors in humanitarian response. The lack of data about people with disabilities that any efforts to strengthen inclusion depend on is another important gap. Drawin

  • Justice for all and Afghanistan’s future

    Justice for all and Afghanistan’s future

    07/10/2020 Duración: 01h31min

    The November 2020 pledging conference in Geneva will provide a vital platform for the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GoIRA) and the international community to demonstrate progress and recommit to a peaceful future for the country. Given the recent deal between the United States of America and the Taliban, and tentative steps forward on an intra-Afghan dialogue including all key domestic actors, the outcomes of the pledging conference will be decisive in determining how Afghanistan grasps the present prospect of a peaceful and stable future. Ensuring justice for all, in line with Afghan and international commitments to achieving SDG16+, is an essential prerequisite for a durable peace. Today, only 38% of Afghans who experience an everyday justice problem are able to access help; among key state institutions, the courts are the least-trusted by ordinary citizens. Access to justice will enable Afghan women and men to assert and enforce their rights, obtain redress for grievances, and resolve

  • The UKs support to the African Development Bank Group

    The UK's support to the African Development Bank Group

    30/09/2020 Duración: 01h33min

    The UK contributes around £181 million a year to the three organisations that make up the African Development Bank Group, representing around 1.3% of the UK’s development budget. A recent review by the Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) found that the institution’s reach and deep expertise in Africa meant that contributing to the Bank could be a more effective way for the UK to achieve development impact and economies of scale. But the review also highlighted concerns about the UK government having 'crossed a line' by unilaterally imposing performance measures on the Bank in 2017. ICAI also expressed concern about the Bank’s critical lack of resources in key areas such as environmental and social safeguards and highlighted the need for greater engagement with civil society. The review also noted that the UK should do more to build the Bank’s capacity to manage trust funds if it is going to continue to invest in them. This event, co-hosted by ODI and ICAI, explores how the UK can strengthen its st

  • Supporting job protection during and after the pandemic

    Supporting job protection during and after the pandemic

    28/09/2020 Duración: 01h03min

    In 2018, the ILO estimated that approximately 42% of the global workforce, 1.4 billion people, were in vulnerable employment, for developing countries this proportion was 76%. The 2020 Covid-19 crisis will significantly reduce the number of people in jobs and proportionally increase the number in vulnerable employment. As market demand comes to a sudden halt, developing country firms that are linked into, and supply global value chains face major challenges. Looking forward, lead firms are also likely to shorten their supply chains, potentially cutting high productivity and high-income jobs in manufacturing in poorer countries. This presents an opportunity for Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) to strengthen firms in their target markets, through strategic, practical and financial means. In the short-term, finance and specialist guidance could be provided to more productive firms at risk of closure to ensure that higher productivity jobs are maintained, as these will act as the engine driving economic r

  • The negotiators perspectives: charting new paths for climate and trade

    The negotiators' perspectives: charting new paths for climate and trade

    24/09/2020 Duración: 01h31min

    The negotiations for COP26 were always going to be tough, but the need to secure more ambitious nationally determined commitments now comes at a time of profound economic turmoil within the global economy due to Covid-19. On the one hand, there are concerns that efforts to address climate change will receive less priority as efforts to reboot economies dominate. On the other hand, efforts to build back better can address both climate and trade-related vulnerabilities. International trade has a powerful role to play. But divergences between the climate, trade and development communities must be bridged. During Climate Week NYC 2020, we bring together climate and trade negotiators to discuss what’s on the negotiating table at COP26, the trade related implications and how development friendly outcomes can be secured.

  • Global reset: a stronger, greener recovery

    Global reset: a stronger, greener recovery

    24/09/2020 Duración: 58min

    2020 was set to be the year when governments upped their ambition for action on climate and biodiversity. Yet, we know the reality – exacerbated by the coronavirus – has been different. The world has only a few years left to deliver drastic greenhouse gas emission reductions and stem the loss in biodiversity, or we lose any realistic chance of addressing the climate crisis successfully. While policy makers wrestle with the challenges of Covid-19 and economic recovery, the climate emergency continues and cannot be put on hold. While there is recognition of possible trade-offs between the different pathways of recovery, there is little concrete discussion to pin down the level of ambition for a green recovery and the political, social and economic space to achieve that ambition. We discuss the level of ambition we should aim for on climate action while the world recovers from the Covid-19 crisis and the opportunities and barriers to achieving this level of ambition. This event is part of the ODI at 60 series

  • Is it time for universal child benefits?

    Is it time for universal child benefits?

    10/09/2020 Duración: 01h40min

    Governments worldwide are relying on cash and tax transfers to households with children in response to the Covid-19 crisis, amid growing calls to strengthen and expand cash transfers and social protection. A recent UN SDG report states: 'It is particularly urgent to rollout or expand social assistance to families, preferably through the use of universal child benefits.' Universal child benefits (UCBs) can play a critical role in reducing poverty and inequality while promoting social cohesion and public support for social protection. In countries with established UCBs, they constitute a cornerstone of national social policy systems and have proved effective in scaling up social protection in times of crisis. Drawing on recent country experience and on new policy analysis, this live digital event discusses key issues and emerging lessons concerning the challenges and trade-offs policymakers face when introducing or expanding a child benefit; the administrative and political economy implications of universal v

  • The behavioural challenges of post-conflict life

    The behavioural challenges of post-conflict life

    28/08/2020 Duración: 01h17min

    The behavioural challenges of post-conflict life by Overseas Development Institute

  • Arabic audio: Coronavirus and local peacebuilding efforts in North Africa

    Arabic audio: Coronavirus and local peacebuilding efforts in North Africa

    10/08/2020 Duración: 01h29min

    Please note this podcast is in Arabic. To listen to the event in English, please visit https://soundcloud.com/odi-live-events/coronavirus-and-local-peacebuilding-efforts-in-north-africa-soundcloud-e. في مارسوسط جائحة كوفيد19 و بعد أن دعا الأمين العام للأمم المتحدة أنطونيو غوتيريس إلى وقف إطلاق النار في العالم ، رأى العديد من المحللين السياسيين فرصة للسلام. ومع ذلك، فإن الواقع في العديد من مناطق الصراع اليوم يظهر أن هذه الفرصة قد ضاعت. فقد تم تجاهل وقف إطلاق النار - وهو اتجاه له تداعيات إنسانية خطيرة. لكن في شمال إفريقيا، لم يمنع الوباء وما تلاه الجهات الفاعلة المحلية من مواصلة عملها، مع بعض النتائج المثيرة للإعجاب. انضم إلى USIP و ODI لإجراء مناقشة تضم خبراء وممارسين في بناء السلام من شمال إفريقيا. تبحث المحادثة في تداعيات Covid-19 على بناء السلام على المستوى المحلي في ثلاثة سياقات خاصة بشمال إفريقيا: ليبيا وتونس ومصر. In March, after UN Secretary-General Antοnio Guterres called for a global cease-fire amid the Covid-19 pandemic, many political analysts saw an opportunity for peace. However, the stark

  • English audio: Coronavirus and local peacebuilding efforts in North Africa

    English audio: Coronavirus and local peacebuilding efforts in North Africa

    10/08/2020 Duración: 01h30min

    Please note this podcast is in English. To listen to the event in Arabic, please visit https://soundcloud.com/odi-live-events/coronavirus-and-local-peacebuilding-efforts-in-north-africa-soundcloud-a. In March, after UN Secretary-General Antοnio Guterres called for a global cease-fire amid the Covid-19 pandemic, many political analysts saw an opportunity for peace. However, the stark reality in many conflict zones today shows that, so far, that opportunity has been missed. Cease-fires are being ignored, and the politics of the pandemic have enabled violence rather than deterred it – a trend that has serious humanitarian implications. But in North Africa, the pandemic and subsequent surge in violent conflict have not stopped local actors from continuing their work, with some impressive results. Join USIP and ODI for a discussion featuring peacebuilding experts and practitioners from North Africa. The online conversation looks at the implications of Covid-19 on peacebuilding at the local level in three partic

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