Trade and investment for sustainable development

International trade and investment have enormous potential to foster sustainable development. But insofar as trade and investment rules are in conflict with environmental or pro-poor policies, they can delay or even undermine sustainable development processes. One of the main future challenges of global economic governance is therefore to increase the coherence of international trade and investment rules put forward by developed and emerging countries in relation to other policy fields.

Against this background, the German Development Institute/ Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) conducts research on unresolved issues linking trade and investment with sustainable development in multilateral, regional and bilateral regimes and in the context of private governance arrangements. Major aims include developing ideas for a possible future reform for a fair and more effective World Trade Organization and focusing special attention on the European Union as one of the most important actors in global trade and investment governance. On the basis of multidisciplinary research, DIE develops policy recommendations for national and international stakeholders, including on how to improve rules and institutions that govern trade and investment flows to developing countries.

Special The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

The representatives from the European Union and the United States are discussing a complex package of subjects that are of relevance to more than just the transatlantic economic area.

TTIP Website Special

Die Transatlantische Handels- und Investitionspartnerschaft
Ist das globale Handelssystem am Wendepunkt?


Financing the green transformation: how to make green finance work in Indonesia
Volz, Ulrich / Judith Böhnke / Laura Knierim / Katharina Richert / Greta-Maria Röber / Vanessa Eidt (2015)
Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan