2014 Global Go To Think Tank Ranking: German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) among the leading Think Tanks worldwide

Press Release of 22 January 2015

The new 2014 Global Go To Think Tank Ranking was introduced in New York, Washington D.C. and Berlin. In the category Top International Development Think Tanks the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) scored rank 12, once again a pleasing position. On a global scale, DIE tightens its position as leading Think Tank.

As in previous years, DIE is, next to the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), both from the United Kingdom, among the top three European development oriented think tanks. Also in other categories, DIE proved its position.

Both, within the group of the Top Think Tanks in Western Europe (rank 31) and globally, DIE counts among the 40 best institutes (Top Think Tanks Worldwide Non-U.S.). In this category, especially organizations with a focus on external relations, security, as well as economics dominate the list. Next to DIE (rank 28), only the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) scored as second development institute in this list. In the category Best Government Affiliated Think Tanks, DIE is listed in the top 20.

“The solution to current and future questions, on a global scale, for instance the suppression of poverty, state collapses and climate change, require more and more interrelated acting and research approaches, passing disciplinary and continental borders. The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) stands for this form of interdisciplinary research, application oriented, but research based, policy advice and modern education concepts for actors in the field international cooperation. The current Global Go To Think Tank Ranking shows again, that our Institute finds global recognition for its work.”, says DIE-director Dirk Messner on the occasion of the publication of the report.

In further categories, such as Think Tanks with the Best External Relations / Public Engagement Program, Think Tanks with Outstanding Policy-Oriented Public Programs, as well as in the field Best Transdisciplinary Research Program at a Think Tank, DIE was ranked in the top 50.

The Global Go To Think Tank Ranking is a yearly ranking conducted by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) of the University of Pennsylvania. The ranking researches the role of political research institutes in governments and civil societies worldwide. The annual report provides a differentiated evaluation based on region, scientific field, as well as outstanding performances and achievements of a particular Think Tank.

The Institute in Brief:

The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) is one of the leading Think Tanks for development policy world-wide. It is based in the UN City of Bonn. DIE builds bridges between theory and practice and works within international research networks. The key to DIE’s success is its institutional independence, which is guaranteed by the Institute’s founding statute. Since its founding in 1964, DIE has based its work on the interplay between Research, Consulting and Training. These three areas complement each other and are the factors responsible for the Institute’s distinctive profile.
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The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) is headed by Dirk Messner (Director) and Imme Scholz (Deputy Director). DIE is member of the Johannes-Rau-Forschungsgemeinschaft.

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