• Research



The German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS) is one of the leading Think Tanks for development policy world-wide. IDOS draws together the knowledge of development research available worldwide, dedicating its work to key issues facing the future of international cooperation. The Institute’s research is theory-based, empirically backed, and application-oriented. The policy advice and consulting services IDOS provides are bearing on the framework conditions of development policy, including issues concerned with world economic policy, foreign policy, and security policy.

The research staff is involved in numerous international renowned research projects and contributes to policy networks. Their research and publications focus on practice-oriented research and is organised in four research programmes and cross-cutting research.


Inter- and transnational cooperation

Sustainable Economic and Social Systems

Environmental Governance

Transformation of political (dis-)order: Institutions, values & peace