Bonn, 23 June 2022. Established in 1964 as the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) gGmbh, the Institute became the German Institute of Development and Sustainability (IDOS) on 23 June 2022. This name change sees one of the world’s leading research institutions in the field of development policy and development research giving expression to its increasingly international profile and explicit focus on sustainable development processes.

The new name reflects its evolution as a research institute and think tank. The Institute had developed a new research vision in recent years, geared to the global common good, and realigned the structure and strategy of its research, advisory and training activities.

IDOS’ research staff work to find answers to global questions affecting our future. These include: the climate-stabilising redesign of economic and social systems; international climate, biodiversity, water and ocean governance; the examination of institutional landscapes and external policy-making instruments at German, European and international level, and transregional cooperation platforms for shaping a sustainable and peaceful future grounded in democratic values.

“Changing our name from the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik to the German Institute of Development and Sustainability reflects this and emphasises that development and sustainability go hand in hand, require a transregionally networked research approach and are the responsibility of all policy fields,” says IDOS Director, Professor Dr Anna-Katharina Hornidge.

The chosen acronym IDOS, pronounced eîdos, derives from political philosophy, denoting “idea” as per Plato and “form” according to Aristotle.

“The acronym IDOS underlines the kind of research we do: empirically-based and theory-led, conducted as part of ongoing, transregional dialogues with policy-makers and practitioners, thus actively contributing to shaping everyday reality. Our research, advice and postgraduate education work is sound, addressing the global challenges with the required creativity and thoroughness, and helps to shape reality. This is the scientific excellence we practice,” adds Anna-Katharina Hornidge.

The international readability of “German Institute of Development and Sustainability – IDOS” is further befitting the increasingly global focus and networking activities of the Institute. The Institute will forego a German name and acronym in future.

Svenja Schulze, German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), had the following to say about IDOS’ role: “Good development cooperation must be undergirded and supported by academic research, something the German Institute of Development and Sustainability has been engaged in for many years. In the current global environment especially, we need the expertise of the Institute in order to find long-term solutions to the challenges of our times.”

Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen, Minister of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, commented on the renaming of the Institute: “IDOS is one of the world’s leading think tanks and research institutions examining issues of global development and sustainability policy. Its new name now emphasises its expertise even more clearly. Based in Bonn, the Institute has strong ties with North Rhine-Westphalia and represents an internationally recognised interface between research and practice. It will continue to make key contributions through its high-level research work to the Johannes-Rau-Forschungsgemeinschaft, North Rhine-Westphalia’s research association, of which it is a founder member. I wish the Institute every success in this endeavour.”