About Us

The German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS) is located in the UN City of Bonn and is one of the world’s leading research institutions and think tanks for global sustainable development. Our work is based on the interplay between Research, Policy Advice and Training. IDOS is building bridges between theory and practice.

The research is theory-based, empirically driven and application-oriented. It provides the basis for the activities in policy advice of the Institute. We develop policy-relevant concepts, advise ministries, governments and international organisations, and refer to current policy issues. The training programmes of the Institute for university graduates and young professionals are integrated into the research and advisory process.

The institutional agreement ensures the principle of scientific independence of the Institute. The shareholders of the Institute – the Federal Republic of Germany (75 %) and the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (25 %) – appoint the Board of Trustees.

IDOS is a member of the Johannes-Rau-Forschungsgemeinschaft. The institutes of the Johannes-Rau-Forschungsgemeinschaft are institutionally funded by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Board of Trustees

The members of the Board of Trustees are composed of staff members of federal and state government departments with a particular interest in the activities and of representatives of public life. Its task is to supervise the Institute's work. 


Members of the International Scientific Advisory Board (IWB)

The International Scientific Advisory Board (IWB) of the German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS) advises the IDOS team strategically on scientific orientation, conceptual and methodological implementation, international partnerships and structural developments.

Safeguarding good scientific practice and research ethics

IDOS is committed to the highest ethical and scientific standards in all its activities.


Public Corporate Governance

The Institute's distinctive research profile combines Research, Policy Advice and Professional Training. The close link between these three areas forms a unique institutional culture that allows for excellent research/ scientific work.



IDOS was established in 1964 in Berlin as German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) as a non-profit-making limited liability company. Today, the Institute is one of the leading international think tanks in the field of development policy and international cooperation.


Working and Familiy Life

We run a family-oriented personnel policy to achieve a better reconciliation of family and working life. 


Career & Internships

On a regular basis, we offer job positions within its research programmes, at irregular intervals also within the service facilities.