About Us

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 130 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.

Organisation & Team

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Organisational Culture

The DIE's distinctive research profile combines Research, Policy Advice and Professional Training. The close link between these three areas forms a unique institutional culture that allows for excellent research/ scientific work.


The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) was established in 1964 in Berlin as a non-profit-making limited liability company (gemeinnützige Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung – gGmbH). Back then, shareholders were the Federal Republic of Germany and the State of Berlin.

According to the articles of the partnership, DIE provides post graduate training to qualify professionals in development cooperation. In the beginning, research and consultancy are secondary activities.

Over the years, the Institute has moved from Berlin to Bonn and became one of the world's leading think tanks in development policy and global development.

Working and Familiy Life

The German Development Institute/ Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) runs a family-oriented personnel policy to achieve a better reconciliation of family and working life. To earn the certificate audit berufundfamilie, DIE had to undergo a thorough review of its efforts in conciliating work and family life within the Institute.

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