The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) is one of the leading think tanks for global development and international cooperation worldwide. It is located in the UN City of Bonn. DIE’s work is based on the interplay between Research, Policy Advice and Training. DIE is building bridges between theory and practice.
Research at DIE is theory-based, empirically driven and application-oriented. It provides the basis for the consulting activities of the Institute. DIE develops policy-relevant concepts, advises ministries, governments and international organisations, and refers to current policy issues. The training programmes of the Institute for university graduates and young professionals are integrated into the research and advisory process.
The DIE has about 150 employees, two thirds of them work as researchers. The Institute is headed by the Board of Directors with Dirk Messner as Director, Imme Scholz as Deputy Director and Gabriele Kahnert as Head of Administration.
DIE’s institutional agreement ensures the principle of scientific independence of the Institute. The shareholders of the Institute – the Federal Republic of Germany (75 %) and the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (25 %) – appoint the Board of Trustees of the DIE.
Postgraduate Training Programme
The Institute’s Postgraduate Training Programme is concentrated on courses dedicated to development-related themes, issues bound up with shaping the process of globalisation and with improving trainee communicative and social skills. Once they have completed the Postgraduate Training Programme, the graduates find career opportunities with development organisations in Germany and abroad. In addition to the Postgraduate Training Programme, the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) offers Young Professionals from selected partner countries of Germany’s international cooperation the participation in the Global Governance School. The highly qualified participants from Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Pakistan and South Africa work in governments, ministries, universities, policy-orientated think tanks or research institutions.
Research and Policy Advice
The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) is one of the leading Think Tanks for development policy world-wide. DIE draws together 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 policy advice and consulting services DIE provides are bearing on the framework conditions of development policy, including issues concerned with world economic policy, foreign policy, and security policy.
The research staff is involved in numerous international renowned research projects and contributes to policy networks. Their research and publications focus on practice-oriented research and is divided into seven research fields, which are organised in six departments and inter-departmental research areas.