Research-based
policy recommendations
for the G7

About the German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS)

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

Research at IDOS is theory-based, empirically driven and application-oriented. It provides the basis for the activities in policy advice of the Institute. IDOS develops policy-relevant concepts, advises ministries, governments and international organisations, and refers 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 IDOS has about 140 employees, two thirds of them work as researchers. The Institute is headed by the Board of Directors with Director Prof. Dr. Anna-Katharina Hornidge, Deputy Director Prof. Dr. Imme Scholz and Margret Heyen as Head of Administration.

IDOS’s 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 of the IDOS.