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 were secondary activities, today, both are central tasks of the Institute. 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.