German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

The DIE is one of the leading research institutions and think tanks for global development and international cooperation worldwide. DIE’s work is grounded in the integration of research, policy advice, and training. DIE aims to improve human welfare in ways that reduce poverty and inequality, curb global system risks, mitigate environmental threats, guarantee political participation, and ensure that future generations will be able to meet their needs.

The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) is an independent research institute located in Bonn. DIE pools the knowledge of development research available worldwide, dedicating its work to key issues facing the future of international cooperation. DIE’s research is theory-based, empirically backed, and application-oriented. The institute’s policy advice  activities relate to the framework conditions of development policy, including global economic policy, foreign policy, and security policy issues.

DIE’s research staff is involved in numerous international renowned research projects and contributes to policy networks. Their research is practice-oriented and organised in four research programmes focusing on the following areas: inter- and transnational cooperation, sustainable economic and social systems, environmental governance, and transformation of political (dis-)order.

The transformation to sustainability can only be achieved through fundamental reform of economic and social systems at the national and global level. The researchers in the programme “Transformation of Economic and Social Systems” are examining the impacts of global economic dynamics on developing countries and emerging economies and observing the interplay between globalisation on the one hand and national economic, social policy strategies, and initiatives on the other. The key question is: What strategies and policies at the global, national, and subnational level are suitable for shaping change in the economic structures of developing countries and emerging economies in such a way that productivity is increased in the long term and poverty, malnutrition, and inequality are decreased without exceeding the viability of ecological systems? The research programme analyses the design of socio-economic policies with a particular focus on the effects of global megatrends such as decarbonisation, global expansion of the new middle classes, radical technological change, and shifting power centres in the global economy. It also drafts strategic solutions that consider the interdependence between national policies and the international regulatory framework.

The research and work of DIE mainly contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals 1, 2, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, and 17: