South Asia

Although parts of South Asia have seen robust economic growth over the past two decades, South Asia continues to be the region with the largest concentration of poor people in the world. Besides poverty eradication and achieving equitable and sustainable development, the region faces enormous challenges ranging from climate change mitigation and adaption to improving governance and addressing problems of limited statehood and security.
The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) conducts research on South Asia with a focus on the following issues:

  • Sustainable and equitable development
  • Climate change mitigation and adaption
  • Low carbon transformation
  • Green urbanisation
  • Financing of green investments and sustainable development
  • Challenges for good governance, human rights, democracy and conflict transformation

Research Staff


Proceeding with River Basin Management: legal, financial and political dimensions in Mongolia
Rodriguez de Francisco, Jean Carlo / Annabelle Houdret / Ines Dombrowsky (2017)
Briefing Paper 6/2017

Is China's Silk Road initiative at a dead end?
Wolff, Peter (2017)
The Current Column of 15 May 2017

Diversity and implications of food safety and quality standards in Thailand and India
Hampel-Milagrosa, Aimée / Sarah Holzapfel (2016)

Briefing Paper 17/2016

Revamping the OECD’s Five Rural Worlds model for poverty-oriented inter-sectoral analysis, communication and planning
Brüntrup, Michael (2016)
Briefing Paper 16/2016

Wastewater systems and energy saving in urban India: governing the Water-Energy-Food Nexus series
Never, Babette (2016)
Discussion Paper 12/2016

Fostering Green Finance in Asia
Volz, Ulrich (2016)

Report prepared for the 2016 Annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank

Sustainability-oriented Innovation Systems in China and India
Altenburg, Tilman (ed.) (2016)

London: Routledge

Can public works infrastructure affect employment outcomes? Evidence from the NREGS in India
Gehrke, Esther (2015)
Discussion Paper 9/2015

The innovation path of the Chinese wind power industry
Dai, Yixin / Yuan Zhou / Di Xia / Mengyu Ding / Lan Xue (2014)

Discussion Paper 32/2014

Enhancing international technology cooperation for climate change mitigation: lessons from an electromobility case study
Bhasin, Shikha (2014)

Discussion Paper 26/2014

Linking results-based aid and capacity development support: conceptual and practical challenges
Keijzer, Niels / Heiner Janus (2014)

Discussion Paper 25/2014

Knowledge systems and change in climate governance: comparing India and South Africa (forthcoming)
Never, Babette (2014)

London: Routledge

Promoting democracy: what role for the democratic emerging powers?
Schönwälder, Gerd (2014)

Discussion Paper 2/2014

Governing the energy transition: the reform of fossil-fuel subsidy regimes in developing countries
Vidican, Georgeta (2014)

Conference proceedings: „The dynamics of transformational environmental policies“

RMB internationalisation and currency co-operation in East Asia
Volz, Ulrich (2014)

in: Hanns Günther Hilpert / Frank Rövekamp (eds.), Currency cooperation in East Asia, Heidelberg, New York: Springer, 57-81

Conservation, REDD+ and the struggle for land in Jambi, Indonesia
Hein, Jonas / Heiko Faust (2014)

in: Pacific Geograhies 41/2014, 20-25

Boosting solar investment with limited subsidies: rent management and policy learning in India
Altenburg, Tilman / Tobias Engelmeier (2013)

In: Energy Policy 59 (8), 866–874

Struggling for stability: international support for peace and democracy in post-civil war Nepal
Grävingholt, Jörn / Lennart Bendfeldt / Linda Berk / Yvonne Blos / Charlotte Fiedler / Karina Mroß (2013)

Discussion Paper 27/2013

Which factors determine the upgrading of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises? Evidence from Egypt, India and the Philippines
Hampel-Milagrosa, Aimée / Markus Loewe / Caroline Reeg (2013)

Who drives change? Comparing the evolution of domestic climate governance in India and South Africa
Never, Babette (2012)

In: Journal of Environment and Development 21 (3), 362-387

Rent management and policy learning in green technology development: the case of solar energy in India
Altenburg, Tilman / Tobias Engelmeier (2012)

Discussion Paper 12/2012

Sustainability-oriented innovation in the auto industry: advancing electromobility in China, France, Germany and India
Altenburg, Tilman / Doris Fischer / Shikha Bhasin (2012)

In: Innovation and Development 2 (1), (Special Issue: Sustainability-oriented innovation systems in China and India)

Sustainability-oriented innovation systems in China and India
Altenburg, Tilman (ed.) (2012)

Innovation and Development 2 (1), Special Issue

Interest groups, power relations, and the configuration of value chains: the case of biodiesel in India
Altenburg, Tilman (2011)

In: Food Policy 36 (6), 742-748

Biodiesel policies for India: achieving optimal socio-economic and environmental impact
Altenburg, Tilman (2010)

In: Journal of Biofuels 1 (1), 163-171

Biodiesel in India: value chain organisation and policy options for rural development
Altenburg, Tilman / Hildegard Dietz / Matthias Hahl / Nikos Nikolidakis / Christ (2009)

Studies 43

Introduction: The impact of Asian drivers on the developing world
Messner, Dirk / Raphael Kaplinsky (2008)

In: World Development Special Issue 36 (2), 197-209

China and India in the global governance arena
Messner, Dirk / John Humphrey (2008)

In: R. Schmitt-Beck et al. (eds.), Governance and legitimacy in a globalized world, Baden Baden: Nomos Verl.-Ges., 187-206

MDGs in India
Jha, Praveen / Mario Negre (2007)

Background paper for the United Nations Development Millennium Campain


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Ulrich Volz

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Struggling for stability: international support for peace and democracy in post-civil war Nepal
Grävingholt, Jörn / Lennart Bendfeldt / Linda Berk / Yvonne Blos / Charlotte Fiedler / Karina Mroß (2013)
Discussion Paper 27/2013