A partnership with academia

Building knowledge for trade and development


altThe German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), one of the leading think tanks for issues related to development policy worldwide, has become the ninth think tank member of the Virtual Institute.

Since its establishment in 1964, the institute has worked to build bridges between theory and practice, using a combination of research, consulting and training, as well as collaboration with international research networks.

DIE's research is structured around the following programmes: world economy and development financing; competitiveness and social development; environmental policy and management of natural resources; governance, statehood and security; and bilateral and multilateral development cooperation. Within these broader programmes, the main research topics include trade and development, regional trade integration, Economic Partnership Agreements, developing countries in the WTO, Aid for Trade, agricultural trade policy, voluntary standards and development, and international trade, climate change and developing countries.

The institute is also very active in the area of education. Its Postgraduate Training Programme prepares German and European university graduates for career opportunities in development cooperation organizations in Germany and abroad. The cornerstone of the programme – field research carried out by small interdisciplinary groups in developing countries – serves to provide trainees with an opportunity to gain practical experience by participating in concrete consulting-oriented research projects.

Since 2007, DIE has been training young professionals from Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Pakistan and South Africa in the Global Governance School. The school is the practice- and research-oriented component of the Managing Global Governance Programme, implemented jointly by the German Development Institute and the German development cooperation agency, GIZ.

Clara Brandi will act as coordinator of DIE's cooperation with the Virtual Institute. Brandi, who is a holder of a PhD and has a combined background in economics and political science, currently works as a researcher in the Department of World Economy and Development Financing. Her research interests include developing countries and the WTO, Aid for Trade, voluntary standards and climate change. She will be supported by three other colleagues - Axel Berger, a political scientist with interest in FDI, IIAs, global economic governance and international economic law; Michael Brüntrup, interested in agricultural trade policies, rural development and food security, Aid for Trade, and EPAs; and Birgit Schmitz, specialized in international economics, international trade and macroprudential policies.

For more information visit DIE's profile.