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



Former Projects

Regional co-ordinator

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