Governance & Funding

Based in Berlin, GPPi is a non-profit organization under German law. Its legal form is a registered charitable association (gemeinnütziger eingetragener Verein). This status is granted by the German tax authorities to organizations whose sole purpose is to contribute to the common good without seeking profit. Registered charitable associations enjoy certain tax privileges and are subject to regular audits of their governance and finances.

Management Approach

GPPi’s managers aim to build and grow a unique and sustainable institution while also developing their own fields of interest and expertise. To make time for thematic work on global governance, the members of GPPi’s management team share responsibility for overseeing tasks such as hiring, staff development, fundraising and project development, financial planning, communications as well as organizational development.

At the same time, GPPi management members pursue their own areas of interest. Most lead the work on one or more of the institute’s issue areas: Innovation in Development, Peace & Security, Humanitarian Action, Monitoring & Evaluation, Rising Powers, Human Rights and Data & Technology Politics.

The management team is supported by the association’s executive committee. The executive committee works on a pro-bono basis. It is currently chaired by Wolfgang Reinicke, GPPi’s president and co-founder. In addition to Wolfgang, there are six members of the executive committee: Thorsten Benner, Katrin Kinzelbach, Philipp Rotmann and Julia Steets, who are also part of the management team, as well as Jan Martin Witte and Andrea Binder. Jan Martin is one of the institute’s founders and, like Andrea, a former member of the GPPi management team. The committee represents the association and is responsible for all decisions with broader financial and strategic implications.

Funding Structure & Sources

At present, GPPi is entirely project-funded. We do not have an endowment or core funding. The institute is financed through project grants and contractual work. Our main funders are various foundations, different European governments, a number of United Nations agencies and the European Commission. The diversity of our financial sources helps us to preserve our intellectual independence and our ability to work across political dividing lines – all prerequisites for fulfilling our mission. To ensure transparency, we indicate our funders in our project outputs, such as reports or conference materials. As a reflection of our non-profit character, we reinvest profits generated by commercial contracts into our research and debate activities. We ensure organizational cohesion through financial solidarity across projects and teams.

We welcome tax-deductible donations by individuals and institutions that share our mission and would like to support our work. For more information, please contact Katrin Kinzelbach.

Funding Distribution by Funder Category 2011-2015

GPPi Funding


For more information, please contact Wade Hoxtell.